Without Robinson, progress would slow

First Minister Peter Robinson at the Irish Open on Saturday. 'Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
First Minister Peter Robinson at the Irish Open on Saturday. 'Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

I join the hundreds others who through your pages have wished the first minister well in his recovery.

Many stand up to criticise him but like Peter Robinson or not he has an unrivalled ability which many may only appreciate when he’s gone. He stands in a league of his own and without him I sense progress in this country would have been immeasurably slower.

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He would have helped to lead the Welfare Reform debate. Sinn Fein says they want to help the vulnerable yet they fail to answer journalists when asked what about the vulnerable who are not on benefits. An older person waiting on an operation through our health service is vulnerable but as a result Sinn Fein’s actions, aided by the cowardly and leaderless SDLP, we are paying almost £10m per month in fines to the Treasury.

A recent statement by the health minister said that amount per month would pay for 1,800 hip replacement operations. In the time Sinn Fein has been stalling on welfare that amounts to over 40,000 hip operations.

I just don’t understand who Sinn Fein view as the vulnerable. Schools and hospitals are full of vulnerable people. Yet SF is directing money away from these services.

It seems to me that Sinn Fein is more interested in keeping its anti-austerity image in the Republic of Ireland than they are about managing public finances in Northern Ireland.

Their crazy economic outlook was exposed by Nolan when their spokesman said their key policy was to pay everyone’s credit card debt but their economic illiteracy has now been exposed again. However its a very costly exposure.

Lorna Coote, Donegall Rd, Belfast