Leaders who ought to be cutting turf

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As the affliction imposed on the Northern Ireland electorate in the form of a coalition government grinds on, we can only conclude that the people concerned have no qualifications to think, but treat their inability to do so as a mark of responsibility and respectability.

Those concerned in the present saga must realise that these two virtues are never pernicious until we begin, as in their case to call them statesmanship and common sense’

It is a melancholy thing when people who in any other society would be thinning turnips in a field, or cutting turf in a bog are now preparing to make pronouncements that will shape the future welfare and education of our children.

Wilson Burgess, Londonderry