Stand off? No! Trade-off…

RATHER than a ‘battle a day’ in the next Stormont government, others are expecting a ‘sectarian trade-off a day’, and perhaps that’s what prompted Breandan Mac Cionnaith to jump ship from Sinn Fein. However, Newton Emerson wonders whether the DUP really is “dumb enough to offer a fully funded Irish Language Act, for example, in exchange for a one-off Sunday stroll by 50 Lambeg-thumping losers” down the Garvaghy Road. Possibly – the DUP and Sinn Fein could be involved in a joint working group on parades before you can say “no talking to unreconstructed terrorists.” What next? “Here Caitriona, swap you a modified transfer test for a Maze hunger strike commemoration”?

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