Stormont crisis; ways ahead

The Times calls for caution in ending the local institutions, but says that in the end:

“There may be no alternative to Dr Reid assuming full powers, acting much as a proconsul, cracking down on republican and loyalist terrorism with full force and pursuing as enlightened a political agenda as is practical. Matters may have to get much worse before they can conceivably become better.”

The Scotsman agrees:

“We may require another bout of direct rule to cool the Unionist hot-heads and remind Republican ministers that the perks of high office come with a price.”

For the Guardian it is a challenge to those parties that have brought the process so far, not to allow the anti camp take all the political capital out of the game:

“Waiting expectantly in the wings are Ian Paisley’s Democratic Unionists – who have never taken a single risk for peace, unlike both Mr Trimble and Sinn Fein. If the DUP is not to be the real victor from these latest events, then both the UUP and Sinn Fein must seek the road of compromise again.”

Lynda Gilby, writing for the Sunday Life newspaper cautions against hasty conclusions:

So, Sinn Fein appear to have been spying on the Government. Are we to assume, then, that Government intelligence agencies have not been spying on Sinn Fein? Remember that clumsy listening device clamped to the chassis of Adams’ car a few years ago? Intelligence gathering is a game both sides have been playing for decades. And, what’s the betting that any other party at Stormont, offered access to confidential information would have refused it?”

“It may well be that members of Sinn Fein are guilty of nefarious activities. But I, for one, refuse to get my knickers in a knot, until I have much more detail of what is the type, grade and significance of the information they have gleaned.”

Thanks to Newshound for all the links above.

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