Assembly on 15th, then what?

Just fourteen days to go before NI MLAs are expected to open with the elaborate ceremony of designation, followed by an inevitable failure to form an executive, then a bunch of time in which to horse trade. The DUP is pushing for more powers according to Liam Clarke.

  • Keith M

    ….”the elaborate ceremony of designation”.

    I see that all the lessons of the end of the 1998 Agreement have yet to be understood.

  • Technically, Mick, the elaborate ceremony of designation will be followed by an adjournment to allow MLAs to attend a garden party at Hillsborough on the same day..

  • ingram

    Quote”Technically, Mick, the elaborate ceremony of designation will be followed by an adjournment to allow MLAs to attend a garden party at Hillsborough on the same day

    LOL you could not script it.

  • Harry

    If Slugger is anything to go by, no wonder that after 10 years of talking and getting to know one another they hate each other more than ever before.

  • The Dubliner

    Harry, debate in the Northern Blogosphere is closer to a form of freelance propaganda than an enlightening exchange of differing perspectives. The parties that nominally engage in “debate” view ach other as being primarily irrelevant to the process. Ergo, they address their respective spiels, not to each other, but over the heads of each other and to “others” who may be reading far and wide, and actually in a position to influence events – or, at any rate, to be otherwise influenced by whichever narrow version of history/current affairs that best serves the mindset/agenda of freelance propagandist.

    Think of it as Internet Broadcasting, not debate.

  • Mick Fealty

    Two things:

    – one of the problems is that our politicians have not been engaged in meaningful dialogue on anything vaguely important since October 2002 . Before that they only sat for about 18 months on and off. Try as we might, it is hard for the blogosphere to compensate for that lack of primary engagement on a political level.

    – two with caveat one established I would agree with TD absolutely. Except that it is ‘narrow’ rather than ‘broad’ cast we are talking about – so the technique is likely to fail to do anything other than turn readers off.

  • counter

    Well it sounds like at least half of them will be sitting around twiddling their thumbs.

  • C Dog

    Old Joke

    Ian Paisley is in the Vatican and amazed at all the people around and he asks the pope “how many people work here?”

    “about half” replies the pope

    New joke

    Swap roles, insert assembley with the answer being none and ……