An end to childish and insulting behaviours….

Roy Garland reckons that most alternatives to the deal on offer at St Andrews is pie in the sky. Now, he argues, it is time for the DUP to cut to the chase and negotiate directly with Sinn Fein.

Genuine fears remain that a deal might allow Sinn Féin and the DUP to carve up everything between them and to follow their own selfish agendas.

Some critics postulate endless possible alternatives but surely having come this far, most alternatives are now pie in the sky. If this deal is squandered all future options – apart from joint authority – would be seriously diminished, perhaps for a very long time.

Sinn Féin is right to point up the arrogance and stupidity of the DUP’s refusal to speak with Sinn Féin “sinners”. The way to resolve differences is surely to talk. The DUP leader professes to be a follower of Jesus but Jesus never set preconditions before talking to anyone.

Paisley’s refusal reminds one of childhood friends who sent those they disagreed with to Coventry. It was childish and insulting behaviour that appealed to base instincts. Paisley will have to find courage to change and end this nonsense by getting down to serious direct negotiations.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

  • Greenflag

    Paisley and Adams actually directly talking to each other across a table . Garland is a genius

    No British Government representative – No Irish Government representative -No American emissary present ?

    What a novel idea ? No messenger boys to obfuscate or misinterpret what was said or meant or defined etc etc etc .

    Who ever would have thought that the way for both parties in a dispute to resolve or at least accomodate their differences would be through direct talks ???

    Jaysus wept ,

    So all of the dead on both sides and none -died because leaders could’nt talk to each other .

  • yes this was my fav pick from Nuzhound this morning.
    Paisley’s lot still believe in the old-fashioned values of beating the child to make him behave.

    Its ridiculous, as its this same lot that damaged the child in the first place through rejection.

  • Greenflag

    ‘Genuine fears remain that a deal might allow Sinn Féin and the DUP to carve up everything between them and to follow their own selfish agendas. ‘

    Thats why the SAA gets 54% support.

    ‘most alternatives are now pie in the sky.’

    Whereas the SAA is a castle in the air with King Adams at one end and Queen Paisley at the other end .

    I understand that HMG wants to put even further distance between itself and NI but for now Direct Rule is working . It’s preferable to having a fundamentalist fanatical cleric as First Minister .

  • John White

    John Coulter and Roy Garland, two of unionisms most insightful and wise comentators. No wonder Mick never misses a chance to feature them here.

  • Porlock

    John White:

    I can only assume that “John Coulter (changes his forecast in every piece he writes) and Roy Garland (loyalist terrorists are poor misunderstood folk), two of unionisms most insightful and wise commentators..” is intended as irony.

    Both may be adored by the nationalist readership in the Irish News, Irish Daily Star and The Blanket, but nobody within unionism takes either of them seriously.


  • John White

    Your assumption is spot on.

  • Roy is indeed a visionary with a profound grasp of the myriad implications of the “St Andrew’s Agreement between Blair and Ahern” His perspicuity is reflected in his status as a leading commentator and unionism should listen to him. If only to understand what NOT to do. Wonder if he is descended from the Bourbons?

  • Stiofán de Buit

    It’s really only a matter of time before Paisley talks directly to Adams.

    The writing is on the wall for Unionism. Only two real options exist – power-sharing with Republicanism, or de facto joint authority and large areas of their beloved ‘Ulster’ engaging in even closer local cross-border cooperation.

    Paisley, to his credit, seems to have finally realised this, and has gone for what he considers the lesser of two evils.

  • Damn, that was as close to Vichy as yer man Vance has been for months. Our lad is at last on the mend.

    Mick, if you cull childish and insulting behaviours out of the NI political class you are left with the empty set.

    Very Zen but who is left to fill Stormont?