The Belfast Telegraph has had enough of the nonsense in Stormont

Today’s Belfast Telegraph took exception to the lack of progress in continuing talks at Stormont aimed at resolving disputes over flags, parades and structures in the power-sharing executive.

The Belfast Telegraph has had enough of the nonsense in Stormont

In summary: they don't think they're going well, and they'll damn well say so.

Under a full, mostly blank page titled "the latest news on crucial all-party talks", the paper offers its apologies for the interruption of service.

"We apologise to our readers. This page had been put aside to report meaningful progress on the crisis talks at Stormont.

"We had hoped that someone, anyone, would talk to us about movement on our budget problems, dealing the past, parading, and how we are governed. Due to circumstances beyond our control we are unable to bring you this service."

In an editorial elsewhere in the paper, the author claims that the draft budget crisis was passed only because "failure to deal with it would have meant the end of the power-sharing administration and turkeys - as is often said - don't vote for Christmas."

"The consequences of yet another failure to face up to the hard choices demanded of any administration would be catastrophic," the editorial team wrote.

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