Fool me once

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Sir,

“Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” Will I vote for the parties in the Executive once again? Not a chance.

Four years on since the last Assembly elections, Derry City Council area still has the highest unemployment rate in the North; dissident Republicans in our community are more vocal and more threatening than anywhere else; the promised radiotherapy unit at Altnagelvin has been sacrificed on the altar of party politics; a question mark hangs over the future of secondary education.

My family and I – and the Foyle constituency - have been failed by Stormont’s dysfunctional system of government. Thank God for the emergence of an independent candidate Paul McFadden. At least I’ve a reason to vote, instead of staying at home.

Yours,

‘Once bitten, twice shy’