Great to be back

Published Tuesday, 04 June 2013
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Nice to see you, to see you nice.

Forgive me if I felt like Bruce Forsyth yesterday on my return to Stormont after nine months.

People were incredibly kind and I felt very humble.

It was back in early October at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham when my diabetes related illness floored me.

Three bits of surgery, a by-pass and a toe amputation later, it was back through the doors of Stormont.

With the experience of six and a half months in a wheelchair, perhaps a different perspective as well.

Of course, after a few minutes, it was as if I had not been away at all.

The SPAD Bill was on the floor of the Assembly

The tensions between the SDLP and Sinn Fein were as tense as ever.

In contrast, Jim Allister had manged to unite the Unionist parties around the issue and the Alliance Party was lending support as well.

Now as a political animal, my tolerance of political knock-about is high.

But the protracted debate was tough going at times.

Sinn Fein's Daithi McKay spoke for two hours and you have to admire his stamina.

The result however, was never in doubt, once Sinn Fein failed to obtain the 30th signature on a Petition of Concern.

It was a political triumph for Jim Allister although the matter could well end up in a court of law.

So an interesting first day back.

But during my absense, of course, I watched matters closely and I can't help feeling issues concerning the past are playing an increasing role in our politcs.

It is something the politicians will know.

How to deal with it, is another matter.

For the moment, it is nice to be back.

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11 Comments
Caoimhan Ferris in Belfast wrote (458 days ago):
Caoimhan in Belfast Nice to see you back on tv Ken
michael craig in dromore wrote (459 days ago):
Hi ken good to see you back on the news good luck michael
Iseult in NI wrote (461 days ago):
Hi Ken, sorry to hear you were ill, but good that you're well again and back to work.
Just about anywhere on the island in Just about anywhere on the island wrote (462 days ago):
Sorry to hear you were ill Ken although I did notice the abscence of your dulcet tones. Glad to know you are back where only you belong,
paul in bangor wrote (465 days ago):
Good to see you back on tv!!!. Trying to work out the politics of over here for a visitor from a foreign land, i.e England, is quite complicated to say the least!!! You make it much easier to understand. Thanks!!!
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Ken Reid
Ken Reid

Ken Reid is Political Editor at UTV. His career as a journalist began at The News Letter in 1977, where he remained for seven years. This was followed by stints as the sports editor, and later editor, of the Sunday News, and reporting for the Cork Examiner.

Ken joined UTV in 1994. He says one of his most memorable moments was breaking the Ian Paisley retirement story in 2008.

He's a big fan of rugby (Ballymena to be precise), cricket and football (Everton FC) and loves music, especially blues.

His favourite motto is Everton FC's: "Nil satis nisi optimum"... Only the best is good enough.

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