It's time to praise, not criticise, our first ministers
THERE has been much talk in the news of a strained relationship between Northern Ireland's First and Deputy First Ministers.
The focus of the strain is the First Minister's decision to exercise his veto on the controversial Maze/Long Kesh site. This has obviously caused annoyance and concern for the Deputy First Minister and the bloc he represents.
Consociationalism (power-sharing) provides for segmental autonomy, providing for each bloc in a divided society to exercise their group autonomy as they see fit.