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Malachi O'Doherty

Politicians need to be more than sum of their convictions

Malachi O'Doherty


NI could do with a charismatic leader like Nicola Sturgeon

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. (Andy Buchanan/PA)

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. (Andy Buchanan/PA)

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. (Andy Buchanan/PA)

One thing we learnt from the Brexit referendum is that it takes a big personality to deliver constitutional change. That campaign started with Nigel Farage and was taken over by Boris Johnson. Both are great performers, hugely irresponsible, but capable of charming masses of people into following them into the sort of change that will make a big difference to their lives.

As politics in Northern Ireland shapes up into a contest over whether or not we stay in the UK, or merge with the Irish Republic, no similar charismatic figure emerges with the power to sway doubters.

But look at Scotland. Nicola Sturgeon is campaigning for independence and looks likely to achieve it. She is popular and she is admired.


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