Interesting development?

All parties on the Preparation fo Government Committee have approved a motion calling on all paramilitary organisations to stand down. Mark Devenport says the DUP have welcomed Sinn Fein’s support and if followed by action it “could mark the beginning of some progress.”, republicans want more focus on loyalist paramilitaries by the Unionist parties. Is this a sign of shadow boxing started to turn into real business?

  • Pete Baker

    Hmmm.. my view of this is that it is, in essence, a meaningless motion.. the actual record of what was said could be interesting though.

    But it’s more likely just a case of “the apparent desire of some parties to spin announce what they want it to be seen to have happened as quickly as they can.”

  • Jacko

    Yes, I agree with Peter. Harmless, meaningless and impossible not to support.

  • Greenflag

    ‘All parties on the Preparation fo Government Committee have approved a motion calling on all paramilitary organisations to stand down. ‘

    All parties also agreed there are 24 hours in a day -the sun rises every day and that at night it gets dark . They also agreed that rain is wet and that ice is cold and that grass grows .

    Jayzus wept 🙁

    Repartition please

  • Pete Baker

    *shakes head at Greenflag*

  • Greenflag


    When two pessimists meet they shake heads instead of hands 🙂

    If the NI political ship ever comes all your politicians will be waiting at the Airport:(

  • Greenflag

    Maybe after 40/80 years of trying and failing it’s time to realize that perhaps Northern Ireland is just not cut out for politics of the democratic variety due to inherent and irredeemable defects in the State . Maybe they should just hire an outside political consultant and pay him/her and his/her management team say 20 million pounds a year with some incentive bonuses tied in to reducing the public sector burden and expediting growth in the private sector for say the next 10 years .

    During those 10 years all those would be NI politicos and wafflers could go and do something productive for a change and stop living on other people’s money !

  • orior

    But have the RA not already stood down?

  • lib2016

    With the worst of the marching season over and the time for decisions coming up fast the DUP have to start educating their hardliners about the need for serious politicans to do deals.

    Just maybe unionists have decided that running permanent hate campaigns against republicanism only ties their own hands. Let’s hope against hope that the DUP are up for doing the business in November.

  • spirit-level

    Peter Baker
    Maybe you’re referring to “game theory” in your 10:42

  • 50%=

    Has the loyalist paramilitary organisation Ulster Resistance been stood down?
    What happened to the arms imported by Ulster Resistance?
    Have they been decommissioned and has the leadership ordered the paramilitary organisation to be stood down.
    Since the DUP were the founders of Ulster Resistance perhaps they could enlighten us ( or the PSNI)

  • John Maynard

    50% = one halfwit.

  • Nationalist

    Clearly the DUP are up for an agreement, Papa Doc and the DUPies have already asked for 2 weeks extra time – in case they are close and need a little longer.

    The DUP just want to try and show that they tell the Government when things happen, but at the end of the day the statement gives away their intention to do the deal – they just need it to look like they decided the timing for their own hard headed supporters.

  • Nevin


    duppy: Duppy is the Jamaican patois word for ghost or spirit. Much of Jamaican folklore revolves around duppies. The ‘Rolling Calf’ or ‘Old Higue’ are examples of the more malicious ones.

    Duppy stories

  • Zorro

    DUP and SF in agreement!?!

    “Maybe they should just hire an outside political consultant and pay…, …incentive bonuses…”

    In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team.

    When you have tried everything you know to solve your problem but still you fail, then surely any other suggestion, no matter how improbable, must be worthy of consideration?

  • Sin Ceart

    50% = one halfwit.
    What do you expect John, sure he’s probably only a taig.
    It must be great to be a member of the master race – jobs in shipbuilding, aircraft manufacture,British Enkalon. Courtholds – 100% pass rate in the 11+ on the Shankill – your own police force, B specials, a protestant parliament(shurly shum mistake – ed)

    Maynard you may not be a complete moron – but your day is nearly over – make the best of it.

    PS. Seriously though: where did the Ulster Resistance weapons go?