Tuesday October 27, 2020

Not even a pandemic gets in the way of North’s divisions

Comment: Infection rates are the highest on these islands because of politicians’ refusal to rise above tit-for-tat in dealing with the crisis

18th October, 2020
First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill: A global pandemic has not got in the way of divisions between Sinn Féin and the DUP. Picture: PA

Is political ideology the reason why the North has the highest seven day Covid-19 infection rate anywhere in the UK or on the island of Ireland?

Political decision-making in the North always seems to be accompanied by tense, high-wire, late-night talks at Stormont, and last week was no different. After weeks of increasing Covid-19 infections, the power-sharing government finally agreed last Tuesday to bring in new restrictions.

A global pandemic has not got in the...

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