Conor Murphy has launched his review of the Regional Development Strategy with a rather stirring and highly aspirational speech laying out precisely the kinds of engagement he’s seeking and a clear annunciation of what he believes his review must deliver:
We need a long-term vision within which all our actions can fit. For, a vision without clear direction of how it can be achieved, is not worth the paper it is written on. Our vision needs to include clear strategic direction about how it can be achieved by numerous small steps now and in future years.
Perhaps he’s learned from some of his colleagues mistakes: strength in aspiration without a detailed route map has been one of Sinn Fein’s consistent strengths outside the democratic institutions. It looks like at least some of the party’s top table contingent have begun to recognise that inside, it is a profound weakness.
And, presumably, some others still haven’t.
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