DUP – We don't need no power-sharing

The DUP has given an answer to the SDLP’s question on their commitment to power-sharing – and by extension the chance of agreement between all the parties before the 25th November deadline set by the Governments.

A few paragraphs worth noting in the Belfast Telegraph –

..the DUP last night succeeded in pushing through an amendment [to an SDLP motion] which said majority rule was best for the area and that “power-sharing is not the best form of government as it provides less effective, weaker and demonstrably less durable administrations”.

SDLP councillor Declan O’Loan had tabled his power-sharing motion at Ballymena’s monthly council meeting saying they were putting the DUP “to the test” – after claiming Mr Paisley’s party told the British and Irish governments they are committed to power-sharing.

The DUP council members voted down the SDLP proposals and also an Ulster Unionist amendment which asked for the posts of mayor and deputy mayor to be divided proportionally, although not by D’Hondt, among parties.

Instead, the DUP succeeded in passing a motion with the SDLP and Ulster Unionists either voting against or abstaining, which said that the DUP, in the review of the Good Friday Agreement, has never claimed to support enforced power-sharing.

So, despite the hype perpetuated by some political parties, both governments and the media throughout the entire summer, there seems to be no prospect of any movement by the political parties by that 25th November deadline. Which is a not very subtle way of passing the (political) buck.. again.

Now… about those ‘options’ you mentioned, Bertie.

Update – Sheesh, Bertie, make up your mind – 26 November target for NI assembly: Ahern

  • North Antrim Realist

    It really is time that DUP HQ took charge of these Bigoted Ballymena Bible Bashers and told them all about life in the new cuddly sharing DUP.

    Despite the fact they can claim all the expenses that are going with a clear conscience, they will have to share power with people who aren’t Protestants, they will have to be in power with SF, they will have to accept the GFA…. the message hasn’t permeated the lower eschelons of the elected membership never mind the voters….when they finally realise what is going on what will they do?

  • Alan2

    Is Bush going to share power with Kerry? Is Tony Blair going to share power with Howard? Would proportional representation for the whole province a be a better option for elections rather than constituencies?

    It seems clear that the DUP will have to work with Sinn Fein but I fail to see how that means accepting the GFA as was signed up to by other parties. Some of it may be the same but it will not be the same agreement as before.

  • ulsterman

    The DUP do not have to accept an agreement that was signed by others.

    There will be significant changes to it in the next few months.

    The post of Deputy First Minister is likely to be abolished. Peter Robinson will be First Minister.
    One way it might go is that rather than having a cabinet there will be commitees with chairman.

    These chairmen would be accountable to the First Minister.

    The Dublin role will also be much less. Cross border bodies will exist but only in area like tourism.

    There will be many changes. Tis the way. I was listening to Hume in Westminster the other day waffling on about the 1998 referendum. That is now history and has been replaced by events. There may well be accomodation but nationalists had better get ready to compromise. It is totally unacceptable that the nationalists should have the same number of senior posts as Unionists. We are the masters now.

    No Surrender.

    No Compromise.

    GodSave The Queen.

  • Alan2

    “We are the master now”.
    Erm I wouldnt quite put it like that.
    But I do think the agreement will be significantly changed. Alot of it may still be the same but it will be a different, new agreement that can draw support from the whole community and will see and assembly, executive and North / South bodies that are accountable to the people of Northern Ireland.

  • Will

    Something has just crossed my mind on this issue.

    The DUP do not hold overall control of Ballymena Borough Council.Therefore, to have ‘pushed’ this amendment through would have required UUP support.

    Are we suggesting then that the UUP have now rejected power-sharing? The story in the paper adds stuff about Ballymena not being divided and therefore power-sharing is not as applicable there.

    So, despite the headline on this piece here, does this mean then maybe that while the DUP does not support power-sharing as its first preference, either in Ballymena or Stormont, they recognise the need for it at Stormont because its the only option that will work. Just because something is not your first choice it doesnt mean that the chances for an agreement are all down the pan. Just because they dont support power-sharing as a preferred first option it doesnt mean that they wouldnt work a system where it is in place.

  • Peter Brown

    No overall control but the SDLP voted against and UUP abstained after their (UUP) amendment was defeated by the DUP due to a lack of support by SDLP – the Tele doesn’t do the debate justice, try a local paper!

  • Belfast Gonzo

    What was the amendment?

    Are you in the DUP now Peter?

    And why is Robin Stirling still embarrassing my home town – do something about that man!

  • Peter Brown

    Long story


    Hmmm – voter fraud only option

    Hope that answers the questions….check the Guardian or Times Gonzo – that’ll give you the full story


  • peteb


    According to the Belfast telegraph story, the UUP amendment would seem to be along the lines of – “Ulster Unionist amendment which asked for the posts of mayor and deputy mayor to be divided proportionally, although not by D’Hondt, among parties”.

    and I’m sure it was a fascinating debate.. zzzzz