A test of humanity that we are failing badly
All politics is local and undoubtedly this Government will be judged on its performance primarily on national issues which mostly concern the electorate. That reckoning is imminent as an election draws ever closer. With all the domestic demands of unprecedented floods and storm damage, angry nurses and inter-party rivalry, inevitably the political and media focus has drifted away from foreign affairs.
But this week we were jolted back from domestic preoccupations by a compelling photograph taken on a shoreline near the western city of Izmir, Turkey.
The image bore an uncanny similarity to the photo which shocked the world last year. Again, it showed the drowned body of a red-coated young child who perished along with 33 migrants trying to reach the safety of Europe from Turkey.