Hell, No! We won’t go!

The SDLP are reacting negatively to the Armagh Initiative. They are demanding the recalled Assembly have powers . This seems an about turn as they rejected such positive suggestions when they were made by the DUP and UUP.

The SDLP went to the “right” of Sinn Fein over the proposed OTR legislation, forcing republicans into an embarrassing climbdown. Sinn Fein has agreed to participate in the reconvened Assembly already so is the SDLP doing the same again by playing hardball?

  • Comrade Stalin

    hardball, my Bolshevik balls. The SDLP are just rattling sabres and trying to look tough. They are trying the same tricks with SF that the UUP is relative to the DUP.

    I’m not that happy about a toothless talking shop but we need to give it a shot; let’s try to make it a stepping stone to a full executive.

  • Joe

    Comrade Stalin:
    I agree with your last point.
    I graduated fron Queens in 1969. My parents suggested I get out of the country since they thought it had no future. I disageed; I felt that, since I had been given a free education courtesy of the taxpayers, I had an obligation to return something. So I got a job in a public utility (contrary to popular belief, there are people in those bodies who work hard for the public good).
    I stuck it out for 12 years until I got so despaired of the inability of local politicians to compromise on the simplest of things that unite rather than divide us that, for my childrens sake, I emigrated to Canada.
    I hope that, in the near future, people in N.I. realize that the past should be put away, and unite to show that “Together” we can overcome.

  • kensei

    This seems to me to be a tactical error by the SDLP. The problem is two fold – they lack the credibility of Sinn Fein in this, and Nationalist opinion, while broadly pissed off with the idea of a Shadow Assembly, will run with it for now as there is a big stick at the end for the DUP.

    Powers are irrelevant, basically, without the Executive and evidence of power sharing. I imagine SF will focus on electing an executive, becuase it every “No” of Unionism is essentially a Nationalist propaganda win.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Joe, the most talented people that the education system has produced have all gone.

    Business hates the uncertainty and instability; a few badly chosen words by a politician could set this whole place off.

  • GAK

    Well said Mr.Stalin!Living in this place can be compared to living on the slopes of a volcano,your always waiting for the next eruption whether it,s major or minor.

  • joinedupthinking

    Some sobering thoughts by Davey Adams on the implications of ‘Plan B’ for unionists in yesterdays Irish Times. Thought Slugger might put it up for discussion.

  • Keith M

    THis is a rather obvious attempt at getting some attentiopn by the SDLP, a bit of jumping in thee shouting “we’re still here”, “we’re still here”. Like any miscriant schoolboy, a gentle tap on the head and some soothing words should have them back in line shortly.

  • IJP

    Is this the same SDLP that last Monday proposed a (powerless) ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ Talking Shop?

    And that last month proposed that every public policy issue under the sun be dealt with by a (by definition non-executive and therefore powerless) all-island quango?

    Mind, this is the same party that thinks people crash their cars because we don’t have all-island road markings. And I thought my own party had some bizarre ideas… 🙂

    The real problem is that people who really do want to make progress are genuinely running out of politicians we can talk to sensibly…

  • TheBanker

    If they don’t turn up and Hain stops their salaries, the bankrupt (in more than one way) SDLP will reconsider fast. Watch this and other spaces, the SDLP’s financial woes are about to turn interesting. How many elected reps are actually paying the ‘voluntary’ party tax, how many business donors still bother?

  • abucs

    I agree with the two governments that the election of the executive should be the main priority.

    I do have some sympathy with the SDLP over this issue though.

    I disagree with them regarding giving the under- developed assembly enough power that will entice some political players to push for the interim arrangements to be more permanant i.e. no d’Hondt executive.

    I do see though that their envisioned role at the moment is simply to attend the assembly and be part of the furniture waiting for the two largest parties to enter government together.

    From their point of view, i’d be very frustrated also.

    No one expects the interim assembly to be anything but an organised shambles. But if the assembly is supposed to reflect the political landscape, then we can’t expect any different.