A wider angle needed

While much of the media has narrowed its optimistic focus to concentrate on the minutiae of the mechanisms of accountability, Frank Millar in the Irish Times takes a wide-angle look at the aftermath of the Leeds Castle talks, and sees a shadow on the image.In Millar’s view the dancing leading up to the talks, and the various statements that have folowed, has left the DUP and Sinn Féin in a position to continue to blame the other for any failure to agree – “For even as the parties return to Stormont this morning in search of a deal permitting the restoration of power-sharing government, it is possible to divine a scenario in which the Democratic Unionists and Sinn Féin continue comfortably to ‘talk the talk’ while refusing to ‘walk the walk’ all the way to the next British general election.”

As Millar puts it – “In short: without conclusive IRA moves resulting in a political deal and a return to power-sharing – or alternatively, a clear cut allocation of blame – there need be nothing arising from Leeds Castle to present an impediment to the further electoral ambitions of either the DUP or Sinn Féin.”

Irish Times article also available here – courtesy of Newshound.