Sunday 17 December 2017

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.

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