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We hit the pandemic iceberg weeks ago... now Stormont politicians are running round the decks, some looking for lifeboats, others for a wet bar

Gail Walker


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An empty Cornmarket in Belfast City Centre

An empty Cornmarket in Belfast City Centre

An empty Cornmarket in Belfast City Centre

Surprise, surprise, there's stalemate at Stormont.

They can't even agree on a simple measure to save lives in Northern Ireland. They can't even agree to follow the advice of their specialist health advisors. They can't even observe what measures are being taken around Europe and do likewise. They're less decisive than a US election.

The DUP wants partial re-opening and appears prepared to play the percentages. Other parties want to maintain the current restrictions. Naomi Long has proposed a breathing space which was taken up by Robin Swann but vetoed by the DUP.


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