Some Pertinent Questions

On the use of academic selection as a bargaining chip, Eamonn McCann asks:

But where in all this, readers might wonder, are the local parties which tell us they are committed to ending academic selection? If the DUP can make retention of selection a deal-breaker, why can’t the SDLP and/or Sinn Fein similarly insist on delivery of the promise to end selection? Isn’t that the way the process has worked in other areas? Is education not important enough?

Niall McCafferty notes mournfully: “The SDLP says it has been rendered powerless by what it describes as a ‘side deal’ between Blair and Paisley. Sinn Fein has apparently also been struck dumb.”

A return to power sharing takes precedence over all . . .

Which in turn might make us wonder: what do these parties want power for?

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