DUP suggest step back to move forward

Before those new year party greetings fade, it’s worth noting Peter Robinson’s question about the way forward from the DUP:

…as there is now no prospect in the foreseeable future of establishing the trust essential to re-activate executive devolution in either a mandatory or voluntary form, local politicians must calculate whether they mark time hoping that somewhere in the distant future we will find the circumstances needed to propel us to that level of belief and conviction in which executive devolution can survive and flourish or whether we should attempt to get devolution off the ground by establishing a non-executive form of devolution within which local decisions can be taken while we test the paramilitary and criminal activity of republicans, curtail the excesses of the Labour government and start building the political confidence from the ground up.

It is effectively an offer to go back to the decapitated Executive or corporate Assembly model.

  • Oilbhéar Chromaill

    feel it is vital that realism is injected into our political process and we seek to attain the achievable rather than chasing moonbeams.”

    Never did P Robinson speak a truer word when viewed in the context of the DUP’s endless calls for parties other than SF to join up in a voluntary coalition.

    The DUP – whose very name is a sick joke – should get real and stop chasing these moonbeams.

    No doubt there are others in various parties who hanker after power and ministerial pensions and perks and who don’t give a damn who they have to sit down with to get their OBEs. What they should do is form their own party – the Ostrich Party – to move forward their own personal agendas.

    The people have spoken, in November 2003, in May 2005, and they have said loud and clear: There’s no deal without SF.

  • willis

    Anyone watching Belfast City Council struggling with such mundane matters as clean air and effective re-cycling can only laugh. How did the Titanic get built!

  • Joe

    Wait a minute! I’m sure I read an article a few weeks ago in the doctor’s waiting room that a ship called the Titanic had recently sunk after hitting an iceberg.
    Can’t have been that well built.

  • TAFKABO

    The doctors waiting room

    Is that the new name for Stormont?

  • Joe

    Tafkabo:
    Good one. Made me laugh.

  • Comrade Stalin

    can be taken while we test the paramilitary and criminal activity of republicans

    Peter Robinson forgot about the loyalists whose flags and murals festoon his entire constituency. What a shock.

  • Nic

    Now THAT was a sentence. 4x “devolution”, only two commas and no other form of punctuation from start to finish and by my count (before my eyes glazed over) 8 subclauses in one continuous stream of conciousness that meanders in a flow of obfuscation and blather until it peters out after the listener has fallen asleep. A sentence which perhaps more than any other epitomises the pitifully self-obsessed navel-gaziness of this whole dreadful “peace process”. Bravo.

  • Brian Boru

    If the Unionists wont play ball, we should restore the old Articles 2 and 3, which were only scrapped as part of the GFA.

  • headmelter

    Just stop paying the feckers!

  • If the Unionists wont play ball, we should restore the old Articles 2 and 3, which were only scrapped as part of the GFA.

    Will never happen unless you agree with the re-naming of the ruc and all terrorists released go back, and north south bodies etc scrapped.

    You have got just as much if not more to lose…

    Comrade Stalin,

    Peter Robinson forgot about the loyalists whose flags and murals festoon his entire constituency. What a shock.

    But they are not trying to get into government…

  • Totally agree with headmelter – stop paying them, all of them. We are being royally shafted by a shower of career politicians who care not a jot for the rest of us.

    If the people of Northern Ireland would take their heads out of their prejudices for a while, they’d stop voting for these people wholsesale and demand proper representation.

  • best poster in the world

    That paragraph from Robinson is waffle. mmm waffles.

  • I thought that the terror glorifying murals on the loyalist side had been painted over with scenes of a more, shall we say uplifting nature.