We are living dangerous times, the politics of self advancement is winning, kindness in potential leaders is painted as weakness and children are considered legitimate targets, collateral damage in a twisted and increasingly cruel world.
A fortnight ago Simon Jenkins offered some unpleasant home truths for small parties in British general elections, observations which apply here as much as in Britain since the same voting system operates.
In Guildhall Square the fountains are creating mini-rainbows, young mums are letting their toddlers run through the spray, pensioners are basking on benches and shoppers bare-armed, bare-legged, are perspiring freely.
IT was reported that when members of the SNP arrived in Westminster, some of them were apparently surprised to see the bust of Ireland's shrewdest parliamentarian, Charles Stewart Parnell, adorning one of their offices.
IN Britain the general election has centred on the re-nationalisation of key industries, a Tory drive to capture working class votes in former Labour heartlands and a wider debate about conflicting definitions of national interest.
THE decision to deploy troops on British streets in the wake of the Manchester bomb has been taken by a prominent Whitehall intelligence committee, rather than by the hapless Prime Minister, which is why even the furthest fringe of the Labour Party - i.e. its leadership - is debunking conspiracy theories to the contrary.