Assembly elections

 

Sir, – At every election the Orange and Green parties try to gain votes by stirring up fears about the “other side”. They are then expected to co-operate in the Assembly. No wonder education , health and employment all suffer, and that we now do not even have a budget. Only by voting for those who really seek to end division and to work for a an integrated and shared society will there be real change.

Our divided society costs us all millions that would be better spent on health, the environment and education. It is time to end incompetence, corruption and cronyism.

Many people are annoyed by our politicians and say they will not vote. In a PR election every vote counts, and those who do not vote are doing nothing to change Northern Ireland for the better. – Yours, etc,

MARGARET MARSHALL,

Belfast.

Sir, – Whatever about Arlene Foster and the DUP introducing a Polish language Act (“DUP rules out Irish language Act as election hots up”, February 6th), I suspect most Polish people on both sides of the Border would settle for a flags Act that prohibited the recreational burning of the Polish national flag on July 11th Orange Order bonfires. – Yours, etc,

TOM COOPER

Templeogue,

Dublin 6W.