Here we go again..

The BBC report that our beloved leader the Secretary of State for Wales and Northern Ireland, Peter Hain, has announced that there will be talks in October away from the glare of the troublesome public.. *ahem* And the Prime Minister [whoever that is at the time – Ed] and the Taoiseach will be in attendance. There is one good quote from Hain in the report, “Critical negotiations will take place outside of Northern Ireland. We need to concentrate minds. I think it’s much better to get away from the day-to-day issues and daily pressures that face all politicians.” Indeed… Now, where to send them?.. Hmmm.. Updated according to RTÉ “a location in Scotland” Ermm? Further detail on Peter Hain’s comments here
One additional point.. This does mean that the second session of the temporary assembly – due to begin next week – is, in effect, redundant. Not that all parties were going to participate… again..

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  • darth rumsfeld

    how about Ibrox?

  • nmc

    It’s nice to see the politicians finally worrying about money being wasted. Y’know, the way they were getting paid for doing, um, nothing…

  • Occasional Commentator

    Hain: I think it’s much better to get away from the day-to-day issues and daily pressures that face all politicians.

    Rubbish.

    I bet you he changes the location to NI soon as a sop to somebody or other.

    Being dragged away from your life (remember these folks have a personal life as well as so-called unimportant issues like helping constituents) will just make people feel disoriented and angry.

  • kensei

    So, the Shadow Assembly was a completely pointless exercise and all the real work will be done in the weeks before the deadline.

    Oh man! I didn’t see that one coming.

  • Occasional Commentator

    kensei,
    Much of the Shadow Assembly may have been useless, but it does appear that the PFG committee (as mentioned on Slugger many times) has at least scoped out the issues.

  • kensei

    “Much of the Shadow Assembly may have been useless, but it does appear that the PFG committee (as mentioned on Slugger many times) has at least scoped out the issues.”

    It is merely cover so the DUP negotiate with SF. I fail to see why I should pay for it.

  • Brendan

    If I were Gerry and I saw a Nimrod, I would think twice about getting a ferry there instead.

  • Rory

    Beirut is the ideal location where minds might be brought to focus.

  • Peking

    “… it does appear that the PFG committee … has at least scoped out the issues.”

    Scoped out the issues? Who in God’s name didn’t already know what the issues are?

  • Crataegus

    Rory

    Beirut is not too bad, all things considered, want a scary place try Mogadishu. Or was recently reading the Heart of Darkness so perhaps somewhere up the mighty river. Kindu would be an intriguing place to spend Christmas. Hain should use his imagination, if grandeur and pomp hasn’t worked try mother nature. You would agree to anything after a few months in the steam oven drinking bacteriological soup and with currency differences it’s a really cheap place to stay.

    Would seem an appropriate location, a fellow country deeply divided, taking tenuous steps towards democracy. A country with a woeful political class. Lots of similarities.

    This is an unfolding farce on a par with Father Ted.

  • Billy

    Another massive waste of taxpayers money.

    These “politicians” have been paid for years to acihieve f**k all. Now, we can fork out even more money for them to achieve nothing in Scotland.

    There is very unlikely to be a consensus before November 24 so why not waste their time in NI and save money.

    I don’t know what will happen after Nov 24 but the one really good thing is that these ‘MLAs’ of all persuasions will no longer have big salaries and expense accounts paid for by us.

  • Danny

    Don’t blame the pollyticians… We get what we paid for – one huge DUP/SF PR promotion, neither wanting to be out done by the other!

    Stop whinging about where the pollys are going… I’m sure it will be somewhere nice and comfortable unlike the House on the Hill!

  • Crataegus

    Danny

    The house on the Hill If only we could arrange that.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    “Government sources have indicated that the talks will be held at a hotel at St Andrews in Scotland.”

  • Nevin