Let's put politics before prejudice
Published 11/01/2010 | 05:00
BIZARRE though Iris Robinson's behaviour has been, a person in her fragile emotional condition deserves better consideration than she received yesterday from her former associates in the Democratic Unionist Party.
The DUP's announcement of her expulsion from had about it a flavour of the vindictive. It was also unnecessary. She had already announced her intention to withdraw from politics. And her husband Peter, who for the moment remains the party leader and First Minister of Northern Ireland, could surely have found a gentler and less humiliating way to sever her connection with the DUP.
"For the moment." How long a moment? In Belfast yesterday, the overwhelming view among all sections of opinion was that Mr Robinson, who faces searching questions and official inquiries into his handling of his wife's dealings with property developers and her youthful former lover, will have to stand down from his office within a matter of days.