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As the saying goes, follow the leader... but only if they lead by example

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First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill. (Liam McBurney/PA)

First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill. (Liam McBurney/PA)

First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill. (Liam McBurney/PA)

Proverbs give richness to language and, to some extent, define a culture.

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink’ might be thought to encapsulate the English-speaking people’s mindset better than any other saying, and is one of the oldest English proverbs still in regular use today. It was recorded as early as 1175 in Old English Homilies.

Some things change so little over time and now, as we near the end of October 2020, it bears repeating.