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DUP and Sinn Fein's self-serving strategies have left our political landscape a graveyard of failure


Maxwell Fyffe (Write Back, June 1) is quite correct in his advice to the electorate not to continue voting for the very parties who have presided over a decade of monumental maladministration.

The DUP have left us with a £500m block grant deficit over the RHI fiasco and Sinn Fein pursues ridiculous strategies and impracticable policies of promoting the Irish language, for example in the courts, despite the fact that hardly anyone here, or in the Republic, can speak it fluently, let alone understand it.

Similarly, the DUP advocates Ulster Scots, a dialect of badly pronounced English.

As an employer, neither of these is of any use to me at all. I need staff who can speak grammatical, correct English and who are fluent in languages such as French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Czech, Russian, Chinese and Japanese.

But where are these languages to be learnt here? Some bright spark at QUB some years ago decided to close down the German department.

The DUP and Sinn Fein are both pursuing policies for their own interests - not for the benefit of the economy, or even their electorate.

We need world-class statesmen to match those over in GB, with hands-on experience of international business. Alas, Northern Ireland's political landscape is a graveyard of failure.

The problem, as I see it, is that the two main parties are stuck permanently in the past; they are too closely associated with the Troubles to be of any use to us.

The DUP, with its connections to the Caleb Foundation - a nebulous organisation promoting out-of-date concepts, such as Creationism - and Sinn Fein, with its historical links to the IRA, similarly rule it out completely.

If we want a better Northern Ireland, then we need to start to vote for better parties, who can actual deliver to the electorate - instead of merely giving us the usual tribal headcount every time.


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