Feeney: “British administration making fools of us all”

Brian Feeney asks: When is an Assembly, not an Assembly?He’s angry, but mostly with the local politicians for playing along with the farce:

Do they not know that the British administration here is making fools out of them all?

Do they not understand that the corrupt hand of the administration is surely tainting them all?

What did Sinn Féin members think they were doing, solemnly intoning that there was a need for ‘security to be reviewed’, even after they knew a complete nutter with a gammy leg had got caught in the revolving doors with an imitation pistol? Do they not recognise a pantomime when they see one?

Or is it because they are being drawn into the performance that they have started to take the proceedings up there seriously and play the part allotted to them?

All a very sound realist reading. But it’s also a bit unfair on Empey, Durkan and particularly David Ford, whose speech was truncated what may turn out to be an eerily portentous moment: “If the prime minister and secretary of state had any integrity, they would close this place.”

He reckons though, that the cost will inevitably paid by unionism rather than nationalism, just as it was under Trimble:

It is quite clear now that if Paisley agrees before an election to share power with Sinn Féin the party will split.

Indeed it is more than likely that the party will face into an election looking remarkably like Trimble’s UUP – some candidates prepared to share power in principle, others prepared to share power if SF jump through certain hoops, yet others opposed to the concept of sharing power at all.

Paisley can gloss it all he likes but when 12 assembly members and MPs – more than a third of his assembly party – sign a document opposed to signing up to power-sharing next March he can’t override them.

Though Allister’s subtle shifting of the DUP’s terms last night would suggest that outcome is less likely than it must have seemed at the beginning of the week.


  • joeCanuck

    When Peter Hain says it is.
    Same as “When is a deadline not a deadline?”

  • Pete

    Good response joe, you’re bang on.

    The British government in the form of Hain, is doing a great job to ensure the extremes can’t get off the hook of devolution. Watching them squirm on it is great; all trying to become super-democrats atoned with genuine egalitarian values, in a matter of months, is something extraordinary.

    Hain’s bluff has been called. Bluffer Hain. All talk and no action just like the DUP and Sinn Fein. Lie down with dogs…

  • ma

    You too are bang on pete. squirming on the hook trying to become super democrats with egalatarian values. That sentence ought to be the epitaph of this whole charade since the signing of the GFA.

  • Much as I want to agree with previous posters on this thread, the British administration have undoubtedly attempted to make fools of us all of us. However The blundering pathetic attempts are falling on shallow ground, in as much as, they are fooling no-one with possibly one exception – The Secretary of State, Peter Hain . The most useless bungling disingenuous and insincere unelected and unaccountable Secretary of State ever! Just sayin, like.

  • William Lundy

    Feeney is running ahead of the evidence, however, when he says that ‘it is now clear that the DUP will split if Paisley does a deal’. They might; but then again…

  • Pete

    The situation is so farcical now that it really is almost not worth reporting on, in terms of what the Secretary of State, DUP and Sinn Fein says.

    So any comments on comments that are pure bluff and false only serve to carry on the argument over a farce. A farce that isn’t worth a minute of your life.

    The jokes are now circulating that if Ian Paisley broke wind during nomination, that the Government would use that outburst as a positive indication as an intention to nominate.

  • Greenflag

    Question to Dodd’s, McCrea and others among the DUP’s Twelve Apostles .

    ‘What is the definition of ‘exchange of opinions in the DUP’


    (Robinson presumably )

    ‘It’s when you go to your boss with your own opinion and leave with his ‘ 🙂

  • Greenflag

    ‘The jokes are now circulating that if Ian Paisley broke wind during nomination’

    ‘Our goal ‘, said the DUP Economics spokesman to a packed meeting of DUP members and supporters , ‘is to catch up with and overtake the Republic of Ireland in terms of GDP per capita , Foreign Direct Investment and in Infrastructural Development’ Does anyone have any questions or suggestions ‘?

    “I do, ‘ said one man .

    ” That’s it Sammy ‘ said the DUP Economics spokesman ‘ Good man yourself so what is your suggestion ?”

    “We should catch up with the Fenian Republic but not overtake them ‘ said the bould Sammy .

    “And why not ?’ said the DUP Economics spokesman

    ‘So we don’t show them our naked arse’ said Sammy!

  • Julain Robertson

    I thought Brian was being a bit unfair to our local third rate variety artists