Belfast Telegraph

Editor's Viewpoint: Tough questions

Northern Ireland's politicians are notoriously tetchy when questioned about matters they would rather not comment on. Quite often their response is to go into attack mode.

Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly attempted to bluster and bully the BBC's Martina Purdy when she legitimately queried if IRA commemorations send out the wrong message in this changed political climate.

This was a tactic from the past and Mr Kelly, as a member of a power-sharing administration, must accept that he will have to field difficult questions. Even in the heat of an election campaign there is no excuse for ill manners.


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