Stormont this week

The MLAs will be back at their work tomorrow morning with enough to maintain the interest of political animals. The Speaker is expected to rule on the Ervine move, with the possibility of that particular battle moving to the courts. The establishment of a committee to examine the barriers to a full restoration of devolution seems likley. Ulster devolution will be placed in the context of wider reforms to the British constitution with Jack McConnell speaking to the Assembly about the benefits of devolution. This despite the present devolutionary runes not looking good for the Labour Party in Scotland or Jack McConnell in particular.

  • bootman

    “Ulster devolution will be placed in the context of wider reforms to the British constitution with Jack McConnell speaking to the Assembly about the benefits of devolution.”

    Ah the irony….

  • smcgiff

    “Ulster devolution”

    I don’t expect journalistic quality copy of Slugger, but you might want to get basic terms correct. Part of Ulster got devolution and much more decades ago.

  • David

    Poor man must be stuck for something to do this week. It is so new labour to stage an event to avoid the reality of the issue…DUP will never deal.

  • dantheman

    You should see over on a tangled web, AMcC has started a debate on this matter. The only strange thing is that he seems to have started it with himself. His Minister of Information David ‘Scrappy Doo’ Vance has rushed to his aid.

    “Ulster devolution”

    You must not have an atlas. See attached:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulster

    You can call Northern Ireland Ulster, hell you can even call it Susan you wish. It doesnt make it accurate.

  • fair_deal

    I have seen many Elizabethan maps.

  • smcgiff

    ‘I have seen many Elizabethan maps.’

    Any that exclude Donegal, Monaghan and Cavan from Ulster?

  • fair_deal

    I find it so ironic when nationalists defend an act of English hegemony

    smcgiff

    “Any that exclude”

    Err it was these maps that created the boundaries of those and advocated the 9 county definition of Ulster among a range of different definitions for example the Earldom of Ulster which was defined as 2.

  • smcgiff

    ‘the Earldom of Ulster which was defined as 2.’

    If that Earldom consisted of Co Down and Co Antrim you might just get your “Ulster” in the not too distant future!

    ‘I find it so ironic when nationalists defend an act of English hegemony’

    Not all the English were bad (now, as for those Scots!!!) ;¬)