Changing the FM and DFM voting mechanics?

The DUP’s latest proposal for the review is to separate voting for the First and Deputy First Ministers. This would mean that in the event of a deal None of his party would have to vote for Sinn Fein. Without such a change even success on the substantive issues could lead to a Mexican stand off on the first day of new business in the Assembly (currently approaching its third year of prorogation).

  • maca

    Are the politicians still getting a salary all the time? If so why when they are not working?

    Stck them on the dole for a while and see how fast they get down to negotiations.

  • Alan

    How can SF say that the DUP is being divisive when the existing system that SF support is … divisive (!?).

    Surely all the DUP would need to do is leave the assembly chamber and let the remaining unionists act as the majority of unionists – except that the UUP wouldn’t let that happen. So…

    Let’s have a system requiring 65% present and voting, then they could simply abstain. That would give us the democratic accountability we need, without pandering to any political party. It would also mean that it would respect the democratic rights of those of us who don’t want to wear the political dog tags of unionism or nationalism.

  • Fraggle

    Am I the only person that thinks that this is childish and stupid? Having a system where the DUP can support SF and still claim not to support them.

  • Belfast Gonzo


    That’s so simple, it’s bound to be rejected. Or maybe not… after all nationalist commentators like McGarry and O’Leary are now saying the same thing – and was it not nationlism that insisted on the designations that screw the whole thing up.