How long is a piece of political string?

It seems Martin McGuinness is not the only one ‘spinning’ against the DUP. Someone in or around the NIO has leaked details of how the DUP might be hit financially if there was no closure by November. The consequences for other parties is not mentioned. Mark Devenport’s tip to look for the fate of the party’s advice centre network (being the most vulnerable part of its assets) as an indicator of likely near future progress is a useful one. Although Slugger hears that one senior Tory is briefing in terms of November 2007 as a more likely time for a return to local democratic business. After that, we are into RPA territory.

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  • Nevin

    transferred from other thread:

    [i]after the BBC revealed an NIO document showed how much the DUP could lose if the devolution deadline was not met.[/i]

    Why should there be an emphasis on the funding of one particular party? Just recently UUP funding was also under scrutiny but AFAIK there’s been no official comment about/investigation into the funding of other political parties, especially those that are ‘wings’ of paramilitary organisations.

  • pith

    That’s terrible. But at least it looks like the second home allowance is safe. Phew.

  • OIlbhéar Chromaill

    Does anybody seriously believe that this was leaked for any other reason but to embolden the DUP? To stern the resolve of the troopers a la Alex Ferguson and Manchester United. The DUP, the party most responsible for furthering and deepening conflict in the north over 30 years and with most to gain from furthering it…further, thrives on conflict. So to have a threat that it’s funding is to be withdrawn (not all of it, mind) is water off a duck’s back to them. They’re not a party as much as a crusade to enfore the Taliballymena Rule in the north.

    Does Mick or anyone else think for a moment that a threat of a paltry £1.5m reduction will do anything but incentivise the DUP? Does anyone think that the NIO, which is full of DUP intelligence gatherers and leakers, is unaware of the effect of this highly opportune leak, with the two prime ministers arriving in Belfast tomorrow.

    Think again.

  • Mick

    Oilibhear,

    “Does Mick or anyone else think for a moment that a threat of a paltry £1.5m reduction will do anything but incentivise the DUP? Does anyone think that the NIO, which is full of DUP intelligence gatherers and leakers, is unaware of the effect of this highly opportune leak, with the two prime ministers arriving in Belfast tomorrow.”

    I entirely agree with the first. But I cannot comment on the second. It is either as you say it is, or it is a very hamfisted attempt to do the opposite. It is hard to see the subsequently leaking of Hansard (not even available though an FoI request because the Hain Assembly is not a public body) as anything other than an attempt to embarrass the DUP.

  • slug

    The DUP seem to be very unflappable these days.

    Their position is pretty consistent, don’t these leaks reflect worse on the NIO than the DUP?

  • pith

    What is a DUP Advice Centre. If I go to one will they advise me what to do? Are they like lifestyle consultants?