The word heard most frequently nowadays regarding politics is ‘disillusion’. In these times of austerity, the MLAs responsible for cutbacks have awarded themselves a rise of 11%. To their credit, the SDLP opposed the increase. I don’t accept the Sinn Fein stand, i.e. their extra cash is going not to them as individuals, but into the Party’s coffers. And then we had Obama. The Commander-in-Chief of the army responsible for the murder and maiming of countless thousands gave a lecture to young people on peace. Then we had the over-policed G8. Couldn’t the business have been done by video conferencing? They could have saved more than £50m. This was followed by the British-Irish meeting in Magee. Derry was disrupted for two days to accommodate, among others, Nick Clegg. The Deputy Prime Minister pointed the way forward in education against a background of chaos in England for which his Coalition Government is responsible. As an ineffective politician he must have felt he was in good company here. Of course most of us accept the political garbage passively. One of the penalties for refusing to take part in politics is that you end of being governed by your inferiors. Will we see another sycophantic Mexican wave when Sammy [Wilson] announces the next round of cuts?
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