Given the events of the past few weeks, I suggest that any such meetings would be pointless for the foreseeable future.
When facts, truth and some of the Nolan principles of public life are so easily set aside in the interests of political expediency, there is no basis to hold a rational or thoughtful conversation.
Furthermore, it also seems clear that ethical poverty is now firmly embedded in the heart of the Stormont executive. This means that much less confidence can be placed on, or value given to any statements or announcements from the executive (in contrast to those of individual ministers or departments).
A working principle has now been established that people can do what is right in their own eyes, irrespective of the impact on wider society.
Inevitably this places added and unnecessary burdens on the public services (especially the PSNI), and makes good corporate government much more difficult.
As a Christian minister, my key response is to offer the fervent prayer ‘Lord, have mercy’.
(Very Rev Dr) Norman Hamilton OBE, Ballymena
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