Frustration growing over political stalemate…

THE Politics Show reports that four out of five chief executives here believe the devolved government is hindering our economy (although I think I read an account in the papers where they also preferred devolution to direct rule). The business community seems as frustrated as the rest of us, but with maybe greater reason. They know that the current economic climate makes wealth-creation more difficult, they know that political instability or stalemate is a huge disincentive to inward investment and they know that the Executive’s ability to influence the local economy is quite limited in reality. The Presbyterian Church’s leader has also recently expressed concerns over the political situation, “believing that the present disagreement and instability could breathe new life into sectarianism and violence”.