Special report

Most people in the UK will never understand how incompetent the Northern Ireland Assembly is. What has happened to Patton is sad and disturbing. It is difficult to keep a large construction company trading when all key local markets have been decimated and below cost tendering is seen as a great opportunity by construction clients.

Patton could have made better decisions, but the fact remains - the Northern Ireland Assembly is not fit for purpose and has its share of blame.

Patrick Murdock, www.building.co.uk