Oh yes we do, oh no you don’t

Earlier this week Paisley made clear his desire to be First Minister:

“I’d love to be First Minister…”

In the Sunday Business Post, Deputy Leader Peter Robinson makes clear the path to a restoration from the DUP’s perspective. Gerry Adams doesn’t believe them.

  • LoyalSubject

    I don’t believe them either, the DUP will never sell out. End of story, accept it and let’s move on to further integration with the rest of the Kingdom.

  • Victor

    The rest of “the kingdom” have there own devolved assemblies.

    In the rest of “the kingdom” representation of as many of the populous is not seen as disloyal as the dup’s ethno-nationalist majoritarianism seems to suggest.

    Most of “the kingdom” believes that selling out means pandering to the wishes of the minority, not going against the wishes of the majoity who voted for the GFA.
    V

  • Shabaz

    Devolution is needed and wanted by the majority of the populace, the DUP as the largest party have an obligaton to ensure by November 24th we have full devolution.

    Paisley and Robbo can point to Sinn Fein all they want and say the balls in their court, but in reality the Democrats could not carry their own party and that is the true barrier.

    Sinn Fein should sign up to policing and force the DUP hand. That would be truly interesting!

  • LoyalSubject

    Victor – You said that the Rest of our Kingdom have their own devolved assembly – Quite clearly the do not – England, the largest Country in the UK does not have a devolved assembly and is run directly from Westminster in the very same way that our Country is. Please do try to get your facts right. We are integrating, we have no terrorists in Government, we have no cross-border institutions running and the DUP is controling the direction – thats our present reality. Face it.

  • Lurker

    I’m intrigued by the line: “On Thursday, the DUP met with the so-called Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC).”

    Does Mallie think it should be called something else? Is he commenting on the IMC’s supposed independence? Why “so-called”?

  • Harry

    The IMC is outside the terms of the GFA as far as I understand it. It is simply a political body with a political purpose.

  • gg

    LoyalSubject

    “and is run directly from Westminster in the very same way that our Country is”

    Is London? Do other local authorities in England have the same powers as those in NI? No, so not the very same way.

    “Please do try to get your facts right”

    Ironic.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Closer integration with the UK is not a popular concept in Northern Ireland. I think everyone agrees that devolution is the way to go, it’s just a matter of getting the details right.

    Robinson’s got a lot of balls asking for the IMC to be more specific. I wonder are the DUP really sure that they want the IMC to be focussing in more detail on the activities of paramilitaries, especially if they were to uncover any political links they maintain by the back door ?

  • circles

    LoyalSubject – OUR country actually isn’t run from west minster, only the (still) occupied six counties are 😉

  • Devolution is the new integration – discuss.

  • Cynic

    “Closer integration with the UK is not a popular concept in Northern Ireland. I think everyone agrees that devolution is the way to go, it’s just a matter of getting the details right”

    Oh really? When was the last time anyone dared to ask us all that one?

    Hmmmmmm…let me see..how would I vote on that? ………SF and DUP in power and umpteen local councils debating whether or not to lock the swings up on a Sunday /erect a new monument to the last lot of terrorists who dont have one yet ….or direct rule?….now that’s really a hard one.

    Oh well…it keeps them off the streets.

  • headmelter

    “It is not a committee which has to negotiate.”

    And here was me wondering why junior was included:)

  • PJ

    Loyal Subject

    Do you live in the real world? We are NOT integrating – the majority of the English people would like nothing more than to see the back of NI. It costs the tax payer more than 1.5 billion per year and is an international embarrassment.

    The days of the unionist veto and the UK government bankrolling the “spongers” (to quote Harold Wilson) are over. The vast majority of the British people have had enough of dour unionists whose only tactic is saying NO.

    If the DUP can’t get its act together by November 24, then the two governments will work together to make decisions regarding NI – an embryonic form of joint authority.