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The Secretary of State for Wales etc, Peter Hain, has postponed the meeting of the new Hain Preparation for Government Programme for Government Committee. As the UTV report somewhat indelicately puts it, “due to a disagreement about vows between Sinn Fein and the DUP.” [*ahem* – Ed] see earlier post for more details Adds And the RTÉ report

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  • joeCanuck

    Only four days have passed and already baby doc is using a crude attempt to stir the shit/ rub someone’s nose in it.
    I was quite pleased on Friday when I thought (stupidly it seems) that we now did have a way forward.
    I now hope the whole shower of them are out of a job come Nov 24th.

  • lib2016

    joeCanuck,

    just the Doc’s charming manner. Never try to buy cattle at a fair in N. Antrim if you’re as easy put off as this……it’s the ritual signing-off for every deal right down to asking for a luckpenny.

    Now spit on your hands and settle down like a good man!

  • joeCanuck

    Never bought a cow, Lib

    But Bulls in china shops springs to mind.

  • circles

    Good old UTV!!
    Just make sure ya mention those Shinners first, and don’t worry if they haven’t said anything regarding the issue.
    Ach isn’t that just reporting at its good oul boy best?

  • parcifal
  • parcifal

    circles,
    The Telegraph mentioned the story the other way round, are they a shinner newspaper? or just fair and unbiased reporting?

  • Carson’s Cat

    If everyone thought that it would be all sunshine and roses between now and next March then they were living in fantasy land.

    There is an issue there – but that shouldnt really surprise people. The DUP have said all along that SF will have to deliver on policing in advance. The trouble with the Shinners may be that they have been banking on the DUP being the ones to say no. They may have thought that the DUP would walk away at St Andrews and when they didnt then this wrong footed SF.

    SF never want to take the blame and count every time that unionism will either negotiate badly, walk away, or both. This time they’ve done neither and this might put the Shinners into a difficult spot.

    SF will have to step up and do the needful on policing – that is now clear.

  • Ulick

    “There is an issue there – but that shouldnt really surprise people. The DUP have said all along that SF will have to deliver on policing in advance. The trouble with the Shinners may be that they have been banking on the DUP being the ones to say no. They may have thought that the DUP would walk away at St Andrews and when they didnt then this wrong footed SF.”

    Erm, well it looks to the rest of us like the DUPers have wrong footed themselves by buying into a deal which they obviously can’t deliver on, otherwise they wouldn’t be scurrying around looking for excuses like frighten mice. Today’s offensive looks pretty desperate from them. Either way even if your unlikely premise is correct and SF have been wrong footed all they have to do is sit tight and bang goes the Assembly, whosh, there goes Academic Selection, cheerio to the cap on rates for the wealthy, hello Plan B.

  • páid

    I likened the SAA a few days ago to a marriage between Boris Johnson and Sinéad Ó’Connor.

    Not much of a honeymoon after the shotgun wedding.

    Disagreeing about the vows given to the Vicar

    Inlaws squaring up at the reception

    Uncertainty about enough cake to go round.

    OK Páid, that’s enough strained wedding analogies -Ed.

  • tiny

    have to agree with ‘Ulick’ the Dupes are looking at best unsettled, at worst incompetant admoting to accepting what appears to be at best a verbal assurrance from Blair, even their written proof of British gov assurrances appears nothing more than notes of what Blair said, hardly evidence, in fact Paisley’s claims to have proof reminds me of a conversation with John Hermon (well before his illness) when he told me that as Chief Constable he had stopped meetings/briefings with local politicians because one in particular was in the habit of miss-quoting him outside his own HQ, no prizes for guessing who?

  • Hain Preparation for Government

    Codename: Preparation H?

  • ewan

    The DUP seem very unnerved by the whole situation.

  • Billy

    Ulick

    I think that’s correct. If the whole thing unravels, no-one outside NI will care (even many NI people don’t care) whose fault it is.

    Plan B is clearly a better option for nationalism than Unionism.

    I think that, in their attempts to wrong foot Sinn Fein, the DUP may have bought into something they can’t deliver.

    Paisley looked panicky yesterday and, at that point, I thought that he had a written assurance from Blair.

    Today we discover that it’s scribblings of his version of what someone might have said during one of many meetings – hardly convincing evidence.

    If the DUP can’t deliver on this agreement, they’ll need a much better excuse for putting Unionists into Plan B than this rubbish.