Belfast Agreement slowly unravelling?

Peter Hain was not sent to nurse local egos through yet another soporific period of non change. The game appears to have shifted to hardball with a threat to stop paying MLA’s salaries. Along with his hint that there will be no elections in May 2007 if there is no agreement, he may simply be reflecting what have local politicians have allowed de facto to happen in the last seven and a half years – ie the almost complete unravelling of the Belfast Agreement. In an interview with the Sun yesterday, his boss Tony Blair said he is not going anywhere soon.

  • CS Parnell

    David Ford’s comments are pretty pathetic. Doesn’t he realise that Brit tax payers are fed up with paying through the nose for the basket case that is Northern Ireland?

    The Unionists (including the small ‘u’ ones like Ford) need to realise that the Brits got them what they wanted – the IRA gave up. The quid pro quo has to be that the unionists show some willingness to engage.

    Now I know that the Shinners hands are dirty (like their money) but it that doesn’t excuse the DUP from setting out some realistic criteria for a resumption of politics-as-(ab)normal Northern Ireland stylee. Which they won’t do.

    As an activist Secretary of State Hain has my support (I don’t agree with everything he says/does but I’m glad the kid gloves are off) – because the era of politics without responsibility has to come to an end.

  • Mick


    This is the first line in Ford’s statement:

    “Mr Hain is quite correct to highlight that the Assembly cannot continue indefinitely without meeting and carrying out its functions. This obviously means that MLAs cannot be paid even the reduced salary unless they have real work to do”.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    There is probably only one party this act will have little or no effect on and that is SF.

  • Crataegus

    It doesn’t work, wind it up, but I wish Hain would stop blaming others and start to consider that his Government may have the greatest responsibility in the demise. Secondly before making inflammatory, alienating pronouncements consider and have the workings of an alternative in mind; there is no point in creating a vacuum.

    The DUP have a track record of not responding to such threats and are more likely to react negatively.

    I have real doubts if Hain is the right man for this job, often least said the less there is to regret, and if you issue a threat you better be prepared for the response.

  • barnshee

    Loved Parsley junior today (monday) as near as possible he told Haind to fuck off and close the assembly asap.
    Serves the selfserving little shits right