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If the crown fits then SF must take seats too

Few of us could miss the irony of Gerry Adams becoming an officer of the Crown (News, January 26).

All laughing aside, however, the new Steward of the Manor of Northstead has been forced to conform to Parliamentary procedure and, in doing so, poses a question for his party colleagues.

If Mr Adams can accept a Crown appointment, why can't Sinn Fein take their seats in the House of Commons?

One is an appointment of the sovereign; the other was democratically won.

Surely, through republican eyes, the latter is the lesser of two evils.

It's time for Sinn Fein to drop their ludicrous, outdated dogma and start representing their constituents in their national Parliament.

ALEXANDER REDPATH

Vice-chairman, Lagan Valley UUP

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