“Sinn Fein must stop running away from and dodging the issue”

The DUP’s Ian Paisley Jnr has issued a robust response to Sinn Féin’s Gerry Adams earlier statement on policing – “It is up to Sinn Fein to build confidence by their actions and so far they have failed this sincerity test.”
From the Press Association report

In a hard-hitting response, the North Antrim Assembly member said: “Gerry Adams should hear this message loud and clear.

“He is not getting a date for the devolution of policing – period!

“He cannot put the cart before the horse in this matter.

“Sinn Fein must stop running away from and dodging the issue. Support for the police, the courts and the rule of law must come first in a real, genuine and meaningful way before anyone could even contemplate a timeframe for the devolution of policing.

“By avoiding this issue Sinn Fein only postpones serious consideration of devolution by unionists. It is up to Sinn Fein to build confidence by their actions and so far they have failed this sincerity test.”

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  • Pete

    Another not very diplomatic response from the DUP, who seem to be intent on failing to understand the Republican psyche and confidence building measures across the extremes.

    If real progress is to be made in terms of policing, the DUP would be best to state that they look forward to giving Sinn Fein a date for devolution of P & J when the Assembly has reached a consensus on the matter, in the context of full support for the very institutions and its operations.

  • Mick Fealty

    I’m guessing Junior has read A Long Peace? (Senior certainly has). Here’s the relevant segment from our passage on Axelrod’s Prisoner’s Dilemma gaming strategy:

    Words not backed by actions are meaningless, not least because players who judge words are as likely to judge too pessimistically as too optimistically (‘unlike chess, in the Prisoner’s Dilemma, it is not safe to assume the other players are out to get you,’ Axelrod warns). Opponents frequently speak in code and may well be tempted to lie, but actions speak for themselves and cannot be deceiving.

    The import is simple. Nationalists should not read too deeply or for that matter negatively into anything the DUP says. And the DUP should not read anything much into things that Sinn Fein says.

    Action is the only thing that matters. And we may have to wait until January/February to see if we get any.

  • joeCanuck

    Same old same old…. yawn

  • joeCanuck

    mick
    A very erudite essay from you and your colleagues.
    If junior doesn’t have the time or inclination to read it, it can be summed up in five words: Cooperate or suffer the consequences.

    regards, joe

  • Pete Baker

    Mick

    “Opponents frequently speak in code and may well be tempted to lie, but actions speak for themselves and cannot be deceiving.”

    Arguably the DUP’s position on the issue of devolving powers over policing and justice – holding to the mechanism described in current legislation – encapsulates just that relevant quote you’ve provided.

    In particular the distinction they’ve made between target dates and commitments and deadlines and conditions.

  • McGrath

    Coming as late as this particular statement did, confirms it as an involuntary reflex.

  • Doreen

    Big man to Grizzly/Grizzly to the Big Man, (with apologies to W.B.Yeats)

    “tread softly or you tread on my dreams.”

    Is this what the past 40 years were all about?