“For too long, the political debate has been dominated by the argument about how we distribute a limited economic pie. Instead, we need to grow the pie so that everyone gets a bigger slice.”
“You can trust me to do what it takes. The status quo is not an option. That is why we can’t give in to the voices of decline.”
“David was not cold and uncaring. He cared more, loved more, than any politician I have ever known, but critically, like his religious faith, he rarely showed it.”
The contrast between those blithe campaigns and this appalling landscape is unnerving, and raises profound questions about politicians and truth.
Didn’t he forsee the marginalisation of his party that would follow the Agreement? And anticipate his own fall from office and power as well as his rise to both? The answers are veiled in mystery because so are his motivations.
I have tabled an amendment to place a “parliamentary lock” on the Bill, requiring the Government to obtain a specific vote in favour of bringing its provisions into force.
Unless Ministers get more grown-up in their rhetoric, they are going to set expectations at a level they cannot and should not meet.
This must be explained to US Democrats who do not understand the unionist position or the legal background.
The Government should now be considering more radical steps to support all parts of our Union – and this proposal would help.
During the run up to the election, we must not overlook the huge societal, technological and economic advances of the last two decades.
The only country that a majority of respondents believe is doing enough to help them is Britain.
The Government plans to scrap the legal requirement for people to self-isolate if they have the virus; a move that has huge implications.
A new volume of essays laments the lack of support for the Union from anywhere outside Northern Ireland.
Among those who are set to vote for a party in the Assembly elections, we find Sinn Féin in the lead.
The new variant is a reminder that the world is in it “together” when it comes to beating the virus.