Talking to an English journalist currently on the ground in Northern Ireland. The message being picked up at the moment is that “absolutely nobody believes the March 26 ultimatum, and many are annoyed at a perceived attempt to fit the timetable to TB’s legacy”.
Which may be whyIn the meantime, Peter Robinson is now questioning the validity of March 26th May 2008 as a deadline, even though it has been set by parliament. Given how close the British government is sailing to the wind on the constitutional nonsense of imposing policing and justice ministries on an unwilling Assembly, it might justly be concerned that it, rather than the DUP or Sinn Fein is the player most likely to lose the Blame Game.
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