It is both reasonable and understandable that the Stormont Executive is trying to facilitate a Christmas that will allow families to meet and businesses to trade at the end of what has been a hugely difficult year.
The latest developments in the Brexit saga which now means that the Northern Ireland Protocol will be implemented just after January 1 given the climb down by Boris Johnson and his government from the contentious clauses of the Internal Market Bill underscores that the light of democracy must be allowed to shine.
The days back in 2017when Britain sent out its then international trade secretary Liam Fox to declare that the process of reaching a post Brexit EU/UK deal should be `one of the easiest in human history' are long gone.
IT is a year to the day since the fateful general election which saw Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party secure a remarkable landslide victory, propelled to an 80-seat majority by the promise that he could 'get Brexit done'.
HAVING forgotten about the bridge to Scotland, at least until he wants to troll Sammy Wilson again, Boris Johnson's latest transport-related Big Idea is to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030.