WHILE every murder during The Troubles was evil, bringing shame and disgrace on the perpetrators and any cause with which they were associated, there must always be particular concern over cases in which credible evidence suggests the forces of the state played a role at any level.
Well, there you go. After ten months - including the collapse of the assembly and an unexpected election - of talks, further talks, additional talks, side talks and talks for the sake of talking, we appear to be precisely where we were when the entire rigmarole began.
When the New York Times published explosive allegations of sexual misconduct in relation to Harvey Weinstein four weeks ago, few would have imagined that the fallout from that scandal would have potentially serious repercussions for the British government.
It is appalling that two rogue traders were not only able to dupe a pensioner into handing over £1,000 to get the driveway of his Lurgan house power washed but also left without even starting the work.
As I write this, I am preparing to celebrate – as the Pope, the Catholic Church and World Federation of Lutheran Churches have urged – the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on Reformation Sunday, the last Sunday in October.
Having watched BBC and its trek across half the world in search of Ulster-Scots heritage it made me wonder how the previous executive could cut a paltry sum for children to attend the Gaeltacht and then find money for 14 films on the above mentioned ‘heritage’.
The vast majority of people will find it difficult to understand the thinking of those who set out to cause as much damage as possible to property, including a cross-community hub and the gates of a cemetery.