Stormont’s long hot summer spectacle will end in tears

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What a mess! It’s another unedifying spectacle. It’s too easy to be critical of our enormous political establishment but the sight of the Stormont Executive wading through treacle or drowning in it, is painful.

What a mess! It’s another unedifying spectacle. It’s too easy to be critical of our enormous political establishment but the sight of the Stormont Executive wading through treacle or drowning in it, is painful.

We’ve had the Hillsborough Castle Agreement, the Stormont House Agreement, the Stormont Castle Agreement, and even the George Best City Airport Agreement along with more talks than we’ve had hot dinners and still we lurch from crisis to crisis. Everything is agonisingly slow accompanied by a sound track of public ridicule. The list of things not agreed is too long to rehearse; George Osborne is set to swing his axe again and we could be facing a long, hot summer, metaphorically speaking. It could all end in tears.

And finally…

Nowadays grammar isn’t taught in schools. A consequence of this is that even university graduates now make elementary grammatical mistakes.

This is especially unfortunate for journalists as a basic tool of the trade is the ability to write or speak grammatically correct English. Just recently, I’ve heard on radio, “The car was stole,” [sic] instead of stolen and, “We’ve just heard a car has broke down,” [sic] instead of broken