“self-regarding, self-centred and spoilt with attention”

Another interesting aside on the international focus on Northern Ireland and the Executive stalemate, this time from David Adams, as reported in the Irish Times.

David Adams, who was once a senior figure in the Ulster Democratic Party, said the North could do with a lot less interest from outsiders. He said the attention of everyone from US presidents to taoisigh had only led the North to be “self-regarding, self-centred and spoilt with attention”, and it had benefited from billions of pounds of investment even though other conflict zones were worse off.

“The less attention for attention’s sake that Northern Ireland gets, the better it will be for us all that have to live there, and the more encouragement it might be to the politicians who are actually supposed to work and earn the large cheques that are passing through their letterbox every week,” he said.