Substance needed rather than optics

Jude Collins argues that it is not simply US politics which has subtituted optics for politics. Despite all the fuss about Dr Paisley’s visit to Dublin last week – and the deputy leader’s meeting in Dublin Castle a few weeks before, nothing will cover for the absence of substantive agreement.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty