It is a tale, told by an idiot…

In the chaos of yesterday’s tumultuous events, a few important snippets came loose. Ian Paisley made a nonsense of the Speaker’s pre-ordained role, by not using a particular form of words that the NIO had assured her would be there. It seems she was legally compelled by the Secretary of State to accept anything Dr Paisley said. We may put in an FOI request to try to clarify the matter. But it also seems that Sinn Fein is determined not to face a damaging election having signed up to policing. Indeed, Slugger understands that Peter Hain and NIO officials have been issuing briefings to the effect that the Ard Fheis may not take place until after the election. As the man says:

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.

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