Friday June 5, 2020

Brokenshire should have intervened earlier

The North’s secretary of state allowed himself to become a mere spectator in the crisis

22nd January, 2017
James Brokenshire should have stepped in months ago Pic: Getty

James Brokenshire has an unfortunate surname for a man who is presiding over the collapse of the North’s power-sharing executive. The secretary of state for the North, in office for barely seven months, has not exactly covered himself in glory thus far.

Last week, he was obliged to announce fresh elections to the 90-member Northern Ireland Assembly. Arlene Foster’s ridiculous refusal to step aside and make way for an investigation into the £490...

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