Towards political breakdown…

David Adams in today’s Irish Times, reckons (subs needed) the play being rehearsed at Stormont is high political farce. It’s all to do with that committee, which:

…will serve only as a platform for rehearsing, without room for question or explanation, the mutually incompatible and now boringly familiar party positions. Though one might have imagined it scarcely possible to further limit the potential for agreement, Paisley then managed to do even that. He also declared that neither would he be having any more dealings with Ulster Unionist leader Sir Reg Empey because of the UUP’s recent co-option of PUP leader David Ervine into its Assembly grouping.

For Sinn Fein’s part, he argues:

It has been argued as a positive that there is a short-term incentive for Sinn Féin to reach agreement, because ministerial positions in a Northern Ireland Executive would give a boost to their upcoming election campaign in the Republic. For the rest of us, an Executive formed solely, and temporarily, to facilitate the electoral ambitions of a single party would not constitute political progress. But even aside from that, Sinn Féin has no need to go to the bother. Playing the role of the thwarted peacemakers, at which they excel, will serve the same purpose.

Sinn Fein’s only real concern is to ensure the DUP takes full blame for the inevitable failure, and that won’t prove too difficult.

  • Anonymous


  • m


    You should ask some of your linked blogs would they put a redirect message on their sites, people like DV, Gaskin, Elblog etc.

  • Mick

    Not a bad idea. Though I want to spend as little time here as possible.

  • Chris Gaskin

    Consider it done

  • November Rain

    Slugger a humble blogspotter like the rest of us.

    How the mighty have fallen 😉

    Joking aside, hope you’re back to full speed soon, Mick.

  • Mick

    I’m at the mercy of the software guy who sowed the magnificent Slugger together in the first place. It shows the limitations of doing all of this on a shoe string. I need a tech sponsor who’s keen to invest in this kind public dialogue spot.

  • TL

    Have you done any serious looking for a benefactor?

  • Mick

    Serious? Well, not all out. I’ve put a few words in a few ears. But I think this is a major wake up call. I’m a fair writer/blogger/researcher/facilitator, but software is not my bag, man.

  • TL

    The post apocalyptic Slugger is a lonely place.

  • Pete

    Tell me about it, tl.

    Mick, perhaps you should set up a re-direct from the [hopefully-soon-to-be-resurrected] ex-url?

    Some may have missed the message you left there.

  • Mick

    You get the impression no one knows we’re here.

  • TL

    Well you could post something really outlandish to see if there are people lurking that just haven’t bothered to sign up to comment. You know, smoke ’em out.

  • West Belfast blog

    So this is where you guys are hiding. LOL.