Cast a 'Yes' vote in referendums
EVEN Charles Dickens's Victorian melodramas would struggle to match the soap opera provided by our soon-to-conclude presidential campaign. However, in spite of all the froth, gritty issues were raised via the 'stand by the republic' question.
As Mr McGuinness prepares to flit back to his more natural homeland, Sinn Fein has certainly been forced to swallow the harsh truth that we are not some Potemkin Republic that can be levelled with one swing of a cleaned up Provisional boot.
When it comes to the suitability of the remaining contenders, we suggest the electorate should be guided by their willingness to 'stand by the republic' rather than the psychobabble which has dominated the public discourse.