It all carries on with or without you…

I remember talking to a Newry and Mourne councillor last year, before the 7 council plan was unveiled. He noted at the time that many of his colleagues on the council were not keen on the transfer of real power to council level, because they would have to take potentially unpopular decisions that would need to be defended at the following elections. No doubt, it is more terrifying in prospect than in reality. But there’s a residual suspicion of ‘dodging the difficult questions’ hanging over the apparent willingness of both major parties to let Peter Hain get on with the slimming of government, before they even contemplate taking power. Gareth Gordon regales us with some of the detail, including the proposal to terminate the Orders in Council mechanism and allow local MPs to amend Northern Ireland legislation. Devolution, how are ya?

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  • Gareth finishes that report with

    “In a few days it will be the first anniversary of the IRA ending its armed campaign.

    The one that…
    All IRA units have been ordered to dump arms.

    All Volunteers have been instructed to assist the development of purely political and democratic programmes through exclusively peaceful means.

    Volunteers must not engage in any other activities whatsoever.

    Did Gareth word that correctly?

  • Mick-

    Out of interest, of which party was said councillor a member?

  • That would give away the game entirely. It wasn’t that controversial, but it wasn’t specifically on record.