Letter: The situation is serious – but does Arlene Foster even care?
The person who should bear most responsibility for the crisis in the DUP is their former leader Arlene Foster.
Had Mrs Foster shown a modicum of humility and less arrogance, and stood aside temporarily when the RHI scandal first surfaced – which many people from a broad section of the community hoped she would do – there is a strong possibility this crisis would not have occurred. Instead, she put status and the illusion of power (ie, self interest) before the greater good with the outworkings of the St Andrews agreement now ebbing ever closer.
Her childish behaviour at the last meeting of the British-Irish Council in Fermanagh (Arlene Foster sings Frank Sinatra’s ‘That’s Life’ at British Irish Council press conference, News Letter, June 12) suggested that either she had not grasped the seriousness of the situation, or did not care, hinting she intended finishing with local politics.
Was that a sign that N Ireland was no longer big enough for her ego, or had Boris Johnson promised a consolation prize further down the line?
A C Thompson, Dungannon
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