Robin Cook and Mo Mowlam in one month. But Gerry Fitt's personal fortunes were as close as any politicians were to his community. His eventual defeat was a defeat for everyone in Northern Ireland.
It is so rare that someone can say with complete confidence that "only one politician in this place has even an ounce of common sense."
In a statelet that is absolutely cursed with it's politicians, Gerry Fitt was possessed of a unique common sense, a personal bravery, and an unshakeable commitment to democratic socialism.