Fionola Meredith's decision not to vote in the general election is understandable (Comment, June 9). Voting is a personal choice and far too many politicians expect our vote without making any attempt to earn it.
Locally, the political mantra is that the population want the devolved institutions up and running again, but it would be wrong to conflate a return of Stormont with efficient government.
Far too many of our politicians talk as if the crisis in our health service, an education system which still fails far too many children and an economy at the bottom of growth tables in the UK is some kind of abstract state of affairs that have been forced upon them.
The reality is that over 10 years of mandatory coalition government, with parties diametrically opposed on almost every issue, has created the mess we are in today.
Even if the DUP and Sinn Fein can cobble together some deal in the weeks to come, why should anyone believe these same politicians can solve the problems in our public services, or economy, or our divided society, when they have been, in large part, the authors of our present situation?
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