Fundamentalism, discrimination and bigotry - the DUP run riot again
Edwin Poots, Minister for Health in the Northern administration, has attracted almost universal condemnation for a series of attacks on women and the LGBT community.
There is no scurrying to re-write legislation. The abortion issue is kicked into the long grass. Poots shrugs off the blood issue, saying that the British can sort it out. The adoption rules stay, but agencies are told by gay rights groups that they must ignore them. Poots is cheered to the echo in the DUP for defending Christian fundamentalism from the human rights brigade. The peace settlement leaves the Health ministry at the gift of the DUP without any restriction.
The mythology of the Irish peace process is that we are on a journey towards a democratic future. Nowhere does that myth touch reality.