Foster is too divisive to end the North’s impasse

Foster is too divisive to end the North’s impasse

The DUP leader’s brusque manner and provocative behaviour towards nationalists are undermining any hopes of reconciliation

The sight of Arlene Foster and Michelle Gildernew being interviewed live at the scene of a bomb blast in Fermanagh on last Monday’s BBC evening news became quite a Twitter sensation. Rather than the usual show of unity and condemnation following serious murderous intent, the toxic exchange between the two women was an unedifying sight, widely viewed as reflective of the current hostility between the DUP and Sinn Féin.

While neither covered themselves...

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