Confrontational approach central to getting Stormont back working

Smith, Coveney have used sticks to conduct talks but there were big carrots on the table

Minister for  Foreign Affairs  Simon Coveney and Northern Secretary Julian Smith outside Stormont  Buildings with the document New Decade, New Approach. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Northern Secretary Julian Smith outside Stormont Buildings with the document New Decade, New Approach. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Cartoons played their part in getting Stormont back. Sometimes they reach parts that words could never touch. Snarling dogs, people and whips driving the politicians up the steep slopes to Stormont Buildings was one take after the Westminster election.

An elderly woman pushing an even more elderly man in a wheelchair on to a pedestrian crossing about to be run over by a “cultural” steamroller was the depiction in the last few days.

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