Newton Emerson: Covid decisions highlight Stormont's design flaws

System may not be ideal but aiming for all-party consensus in a pandemic is absurd

Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster has warned that the region will be in a "very difficult place" if Covid-19 rates do not fall as she announced a four-week lockdown.

The Northern Ireland Executive has made a solid decision on new Covid-19 restrictions, but reached it in a way that has discredited the measures and itself.

This looks like an unavoidable feature of the system: Stormont’s design flaws appear to be exposed as much by success as by failure.

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