Interesting line up on Let’s Talk…

Let’s Talk should be worth watching tonight. Albert Reynolds and Jim Allister feature with contemporary politicians John O’Dowd and and Edwin Poots with Ken Bloomfield for a bit of colour (and hopefully some depth)… Whilst on Hearts and Minds Reg tells all about the future of his party, and that, ahem, BBC exclusive on the ruck with Alan McFarland…

  • Cato

    Am I the only one who prefers it when Question Time is on? Thanks heavens for Sky Digital and the ability to turn over to BBC London!

  • Interesting ruck between Jim and Edwin…

    But more interesting was the line from the latter on the election in the Republic that the last thing preventing SF from going into government is the continuing existence of the IRA Army Council, and that the last discretionary act of the IRA Army Council might be to disband itself in order to pave the way of SF into government.

  • SuperSoupy

    Mick,

    Albert, who may have a better insight, said that SF as a coalition partner would be examined if the numbers game meant they were needed.

  • John O’Dowd on the possiblity of the Orange Order walking down the Garvaghy Road: “I think the residents are wise enough to know that that may be an outcome of the talks”

  • Pete Baker

    And John O’Dowd adopting a familiar line..

    ‘I’m not going to answer hypothetical questions’

    How about a ‘stupid’ question, then?

  • Roisin

    Mick,

    [quote][i]last discretionary act of the IRA Army Council might be to disband itself in order to pave the way of SF into government.[/i][/quote]

    Yeah, but then whatabout the IRB, Fealty? Only joking. Souper already covered the only point that needed to be made.

  • Soupy,

    Without looking at the detail, that would be my impression too. But nevertheless, it is not the first time I have heard similar speculation coming from the DUP quarter.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Mick, looks like we had similar thoughts simultaneously, if you see my post there!

  • Pete Baker

    Mick

    Don’t neglect Albert’s declaration of ownership of the entire process.. although perhaps not The Processâ„¢

    And his announcement that the first step involved a meeting between himself and David Ervine, Gutsy Spence et al, which he seems to think was a revelation.

    And now more crowd-baiting crowd-pleasing criticism of Blair and Bush.. ho-hum.

  • Pete Baker

    Anyone know why Hearts and Minds was a testosterone-free zone tonight?

    ;op

  • Resolve

    Yeah Pete, and that included the opening interview of Sir Reg 😉

  • Yip

    “And his announcement that the first step involved a meeting between himself and David Ervine, Gutsy Spence et al, which he seems to think was a revelation.”

    Exactly, maybe Albert should read Ervine’s book.

  • Dec

    John O’Dowd on the possiblity of the Orange Order walking down the Garvaghy Road: “I think the residents are wise enough to know that that may be an outcome of the talks”

    Which talks? Talks between residents and the OO or talks between SF and the DUP? He ruled out the latter in the letters page in yesterday’s Irish News. The former then surely that has always been party policy.

  • Peter

    Anyone else notice that Albert Reynolds is still living pre-GFA [articles 2+3] ?

    When describing his role in bringing about the ceasefires he continuously referred to the republic and N.Ireland as, “both parts of the country”

    The ‘real’ Albert Reynolds, lol

  • Genuine Snapshot

    “John O’Dowd on the possiblity of the Orange Order walking down the Garvaghy Road: “I think the residents are wise enough to know that that may be an outcome of the talks”” – gosh, you mean all along the pretended ‘community leaders’ pretended outrage at men walking down a dull stretch of highway was a matter of high principle was a pretence all along, and that Sinn Fein were pretending when they said those pretended wishes by their pretended representatives were paramount? Why I never.

  • It was wonderful to see John O’Dowd making absolute mincemeat of the smug and eminently unlikeable Jim Allister on Lets Talk. Allister now cuts a somewhat sad figure. One of the last remaining bastions of old-style Unionism. (Blatantly anti power-sharing and elitist).

  • kensei

    “”John O’Dowd on the possiblity of the Orange Order walking down the Garvaghy Road: “I think the residents are wise enough to know that that may be an outcome of the talks”” – gosh, you mean all along the pretended ‘community leaders’ pretended outrage at men walking down a dull stretch of highway was a matter of high principle was a pretence all along, and that Sinn Fein were pretending when they said those pretended wishes by their pretended representatives were paramount? Why I never.”

    Unless, of course, he was referring to talks between the OO and the Residents. then you’d look just a wee bit stupid. Has it been clarified?

  • Briso

    Unless, of course, he was referring to talks between the OO and the Residents. then you’d look just a wee bit stupid. Has it been clarified?

    Posted by kensei on Apr 20, 2007 @ 11:27 AM

    He was. His basic points were that SF didn’t control the residents and SF would support any deal come to through direct negotiations between the OO and residents, including a parade. He insisted that talks should take place without pre-conditions and that another possible outcome of the talks was “no parade”. He wouln’t speculate on whether he would support the PSNI marshalling the parade if such was agreed (“I don’t get into hypotheticals”) but the logic of his position was if the residents agreed it, it wasn’t for him to interfere.

  • rapunsel

    John O Dowd and Edwin Poots both performed superbly last night. The demolition of Allister by O Dowd was a pure joy to watch. Allister is no doubt an intelligent man but the personality is terrible. I still predict he’ll be gone as the MEP wihtin 6 months

  • Lurgan

    McKenna/MacConaith was instrumental in putting O’Dowd and SF where they are today. McKenna/MacConaith left PSF over their support for policing and acceptance of the Northern state. What are the chances that McKenna/MacConaith will also help destroy that which he helped to build.
    O’Dowd’s response over Garvaghy Road was ambiguous, to say the least. Interesting times lie ahesd this summer.