I must confess it took me more than a few moments to compose myself when I read the following headline in tonight’s/tomorrow’s Irish Times:
In the name of God, would someone please tell Simon Coveney that the person now in charge of the White House is an evil idiot who is utterly incapable of making a sensible decision about anything except golf courses and ways to line his own pockets.
The idea that he or anyone in his administration is intellectually capable of a) understanding the Northern Ireland situation or b) proposing ways of solving the current impasse at Stormont is utter madness.
Remember how, when the process was in crisis and Bill Clinton or, heaven preserve us, George W Bush would pick up the phone and ring Gerry Adams or David Trimble or Ian Paisley and urge them to go the extra mile? Now imagine Donald Trump is the guy on the other end of the line. Need I say any more?