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Parliament Buildings at Stormont

Parliament Buildings at Stormont

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Parliament Buildings at Stormont

It’s not unusual for us to talk about a democratic deficit – the shortcomings of our political system make for a rather long list. Given the alternatives, there’s a practicality to voters’ attitudes to Stormont . We’re under no illusions, but until someone comes up with a better idea we’ll stick with it. Mandatory coalition might not be working as well as it should, but at least it’s at work, which it wasn’t for almost three years between 2017 and 2020.

Though, when we say at work, that doesn’t mean the Executive is always prepared to take the hard decisions. Instead, when it suits both sides they are content for Westminster to dig them out of a hole. Ironically, even Sinn Fein, who are unwilling to take their seats in Westminster, are happy for London to legislate on the Irish language. Such is the world of politics here.


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