Stormont crisis; Mandelson calls for elections

But only after the IRA disarm:

“…the British government has to consider telling Northern Ireland’s politicians that if they aren’t going to exercise their responsibility to make power-sharing work they must face the electoral consequences of their actions at the polls. In other words, instead of immediately going back to direct rule from London, Tony Blair and John Reid should first try a democratic answer to the crisis.”

“SUCH a prospect would concentrate the minds of those occupying the middle ground. Moderates in the pro-Agreement parties would have a powerful incentive to put their shared long-term interests before their political differences and work together to keep the Good Friday Agreement alive.”

“For this centre ground ever to stand a chance of succeeding, though, republicans have got to make an historic decision. They have got to accept that the war is over and stand down their army once and for all.”

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