Sinn Fein have just let Arlene off the hook. In a few words, crisis over?

Conor Murphy of Sinn Fein ( leadership material that lad),  has just said that Sinn Fein will move a motion in the New Year “ which will deal with all these issues and not just the career of one individual.” They would still like Foster to step aside but it doesn’t look like an issue of confidence for them.   After Foster’s robust defence, has the air gone out of the  crisis balloon, courtesy of Sinn Fein? Interesting that she uttered not a word of criticism against them. For once the SDLP’s charge is plausible, that SF’s unwieldy amendment made a critical gesture but was designed to fail, not having even been accepted for debate. If as I’ve suggested earlier the inquiry finds Arlene seriously at fault, they all can have another go at censure. But I bet it won’t go that far.

  • Skibo

    Direct rule could be used to force through the parts of the GFA and other agreements not acceptable to Unionism. The Irish Language Act for one. Joint authority will be the next step till Britain pulls the plug on our funds and tells us to sink or swim.
    Reunification is always going to be the final plan. Cannot understand why Unionism does not use their position of strength at the moment to extract as many concessions as they can.

  • Skibo

    But Grainne who supplies the ammunition to prove beyond doubt the incompetence and corruption and remember we are talking about the general electorate and not the politically savvy people on here?
    DUP will laugh it off, shift all the blame onto Bell and rise with the majority of Unionist seats again.
    Nationalism is not ready for an early election. The Brexit bite will be needed to entice Nationalists back to the polls.

  • Kevin Breslin

    The decision to recall the Assembly was down to the Department of the Executive, and I think if anything the DUP’s defensive grandstanding was just as bad for the optics here than the petition which had gained a symbolic majority and have highlighted Sinn Féin reservations with the DUP’s behaviour so far.

    The DUP, particularly their leadership have lost a lot of face here not just from the opposition but concern from both Sinn Féin and indeed Claire Sugden who has only erred on the side of caution here.

  • Granni Trixie

    As far as the public are concerned there already is evidence of incompetence from the way Arlene and FUP are dealing with the problem.
    ‘Nationalism’ being ready is not something I personally am concerned about.

  • Granni Trixie

    Aren’t you overlooking that brand Arlene was intended to enhance brand DUP and decontaminate brand
    DUP-Robinson. Bell or Foster it is the DUP which is perceived as having messed up and not just as regards heating.

  • Skibo

    Supporters for the DUP will be able at the moment to point the figure at ex-minister Bell and claim Saint Arlene is innocent. Wonder will this cause any friction in the party once Free Presbyterian party with a Free P v COI?