The main point in my last letter (November 13) is in a quotation from Fr R Cantalamessa, the Papal Chaplain “it is possible to have an impersonal knowledge of the person of Christ, a contradiction and a paradox, alas, that is all too common”.
When former taoiseach Bertie Ahern suggested at the weekend that the main Stormont parties should start talks early in the new year with a view to restoring our power-sharing structures, it is likely that almost everyone on both sides of our divided society will have agreed with him.
People are entitled to ask, how bad do our waiting lists have to get before radical steps are taken to address this major issue? Once again we are confronted with appalling figures on the length of time patients are being forced to wait for treatment.
Brexit and Boris Johnson stole the limelight at the DUP party conference but there was a notable allusion to Stormont by leader Arlene Foster, who called for “a new cultural deal for everyone in Northern Ireland that respects difference and fosters understanding.
At first sight Theresa May’s so-called ‘letter to the nation’ pleading for support for her deal is just another typically provocative and divisive use of the terminology she always chooses to describe the UK which qualifies as a nation under no definition of the word.