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We pay politicians badly and we treat them worse than dirt

Gareth Brown


Politicians an easy target for public in battle against Covid-19

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The Northern Ireland Executive

The Northern Ireland Executive

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The Northern Ireland Executive

Once upon a time, we placed a lot of value in members of our community who put themselves forward for public service. Doctors, nurses, and midwives were the pillars of the local community and Members of Parliament were people we admired and respected. But that was then.

The past weeks have simply been a more acute snapshot of the last 15 years when it comes to our perception of the "folks on the hill". We have lambasted the differences of opinion between the parties in the Executive, decried the complicated public health messaging as being too much and then too little, criticised the pubs being open and then the pubs not being open, and called the restrictions too penal and then not penal enough.

For our politicians, our civil servants, our special advisers, our Chief Medical Officer, our contract-tracers and everyone else, this is the single biggest challenge they have ever faced in their working lives.


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