Breaking the disconnect between politics, policy making and the real world
BEFORE the pandemic, our office ‘dressed for the diary’, meaning you could dress more casually as the situation dictated.
It has been a while since I needed to do this but I was reminded of it in recent weeks as I saw media images of various politicians, fully suited, turning up to show support for the Tigers Bay bonfire.
The image of fully be-suited political leaders visiting bonfire sites struck me, not just for the awkwardness I think it conveyed, but as a symbol of a detachment that exists between those ‘on the hill’ and those ‘on the ground’. It is an issue that has been nagging at me for some time.
I touched on it in my last article when I noted that the economic challenges Northern Ireland faces today are the same economic challenges that we’ve faced for decades, and nothing seems to really improve.