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It’s surely time to rip up the political rulebook

Jon Tonge


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History maker: Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill will be the first nationalist to hold the role of First Minister. Credit: Jonathan Porter / Press Eye

History maker: Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill will be the first nationalist to hold the role of First Minister. Credit: Jonathan Porter / Press Eye

History maker: Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill will be the first nationalist to hold the role of First Minister. Credit: Jonathan Porter / Press Eye

It is nearly a month since an Assembly election that resolved the sum of nothing. The Executive has been absent for nearly 40% of the time in over two decades of supposed existence. The Good Friday Agreement deserves a first-class honours award as a peace deal, but in terms of producing political stability, we are talking a lower second — and that could be grade inflation.

Surely it is time to change the rules of the political institutions. Several parties say they are in favour. Alliance produced a treatise on reform for its election manifesto. But change never happens. As the lyrics of the UK number one single at the time of the Good Friday Agreement put it, “It’s like that, and that’s the way it is”.


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