Gazing into the Brown era

Pat Leahy assesses the prospects for power-sharing after Ian Paisley’s “dead bodies” speech in the Sunday Business Post today (look out for reference to our beloved Slugger.) The article speculates about what changes- if any- Gordon Brown may bring to the process if/ when he assumes the mantle as British Prime Minister.

  • slug

    Didn’t think much of this piece. Contained nothing new as far as I could see.

  • Fanny

    I just heard that Tony wants to hang on in there for another year. No doubt because he has no wish to exit under a cloud, or clouds.

    Which kind of makes the Leahy article academic.

  • Chris Donnelly

    Fanny

    Only if Blair isn’t pushed before he jumps…

  • lib2016

    The guarantor for the GFA has never been the British government. What has held the process together is the interest which the Americans have in sorting out what is to them and most of the world nothing more than a little local difficulty.

    There are more British soldiers here than there are in Iraq. Ten years after they pushed the British into the Peace Process a Democratic administration will be asking what are the reasons for the delay in implementing it.

    Gordon Brown will need answers for his friends in the Democrat party, just as Blair needed to sit up and pay attention to Clinton.

    De Valera had in right in 1920 and it is still right today. Ireland’s freedom depends on America.

  • Henry94

    I think Labour will decline to elect Brown and the longer Blair waits the more inept Brown looks for failing to shift him.

    If I was a Labour MP I would be looking for another option.

    Representing a Scottish constituency will also count against Brown.

  • willis

    Yeah but Labour just do not do Regicide. Brown’s role will be to tidy up the mess TB has got them into. Actually by being Presidential he has only got himself into a mess.

  • Turbo Paul

    lib2016
    De Valera had in right in 1920 and it is still right today. Ireland’s freedom depends on America.

    For a real insight to how Gordon will perform with regards Northern Ireland, if he becomes Brit Prime Minister just after the Labour Party Conference and before Nov24th, one has to look to Cape Cod and those who have given Gordon political capital in America.

    A more “Mid-Atlantic” view than “Irish sea” view

  • lib2016

    Turbo Paul,

    I’m not worrying about the monkey thanks, nor even the monkey grinder. The Irish lobby and the fact that we live in the twentyfirst century are enough for me.

    Britain has declared victory and is pulling out, just as they have done all around the world.

    Labour or Conservative, it’s all up for the North.

  • Turbo Paul

    lib2016
    The Irish lobby and the fact that we live in the twentyfirst century are enough for me.

    Britain has declared victory and is pulling out, just as they have done all around the world.

    Labour or Conservative, it’s all up for the North.

    I certainly don’t agree that a Conservative govt would mean its all up for the North!!!!!!

    The fact that a Conservative govt will be elected in 2008-9 is remote to say the least,(Conservatives honeymoon is over, no substance in policy, new Labour leader will expose DC’s lack of substance)

    leaves me to conclude you are right, but hush and don’t tell anyone, Labour has to be seen to be neutral.

    Gordon Brown is a bit of a socialist you know, but don’t tell the Americans.

    Best bet is for the DUP to make the deal, best they can, and work from within to represent their communities.