Tuesday, October 21, 2003
Elections at last
It seems that Northern Ireland will be going to the polls on 26 November to re-elect its on-off Assembly. At last! The fact that the democratic process was suspended was, in my view, a travesty. However, the fact that the Prime Minister has stuck with it and ensured that the initiative was not lost in a fog of squabbling and acrimony must be too his credit. The key now is to try and make all the parties stick to the result, whatever it is, and work with it. That will not be easy.