Who said it..?

“I am delighted that Paddy Ashdown has agreed to undertake this important role in Northern Ireland. Lord Ashdown brings a huge amount of experience in conflict resolution with him and is highly regarded both nationally and internationally… He has an excellent understanding of the issues that affect Northern Ireland and his work starts at a time when the historic agreement reached between the DUP and Sinn Fein has moved the political process on to a new era. I believe that… Paddy Ashdown, will bring a great deal of expertise and credibility to this work.” Answer below the fold.Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain, accidentally recommending to the man he spent the last year Brown-nosing that he should appoint a politician from another party to take his own job.

Oh dear.

Paisley thinks Hain will he gone by next week; it’s clear the next Prime Minister wants someone else in Hain’s job – anyone else. Even someone who he knows doesn’t want the job. Brown is using Hain to test the Lib Dems – the question is, will he reward the loyal fool with a decent Cabinet position?

PS: Peter Hain is currently at least 70/1 to be the next deputy Labour leader.

  • snakebrain

    It’s quite good news on a few fronts.

    Ashdown himself is, at least, to be taken more seriously than Hain.

    I like the principle of inter-party co-operation in Westminster, as a welcome (and democratic) contrast to picking teams and re-enacting the Oxbridge debating society days, as well as a healthy counter to the undue influence granted by the FPTP voting system.

    I def hadn’t Brown tipped to be the PM who made any radical changes to the MO. Is this kind of cross-party appointment a bit unusual or is it just me? I’d be interested to hear from the parliamentary historians out there on what the precedents are.

  • Cruimh

    David Trimble is the obvious choice for the Job.

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Clare Short or if you can choose someone from a different part then why not someone from the other side of the border – though not Mc Dowell or Conor Cruise.

  • Cruimh

    See, if only SF would take their seats at Westminster, Gerry could be just the man!

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Cruimh,

    I think you are right – we need a deal on that one – Gerry takes his seat and in return he gets to run the occupied territories.

  • Cruimh

    It’s his only ‘shot’ ( boom boom!) at getting any power on either side of the border 😉

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done

    and he might be a bit disruptive at cabinet meetings

  • Dewi

    Shame Ashdown turned it down – seems an able bloke

  • Prince Eoghan

    Ach it’s all been done before. On the last series of the west-wing, the guy from NYPD blue won the race for the presidency and offered the guy from MASH who he had defeated an important post in his administration. Gordon is just a big fat copy-cat!

    And Madradin Ruad is obviously putting more exotic weeds into his pipe if he thinks Trimble is the obvious choice.

  • Jamie Gargoyle

    There’s more than a touch of irony that the Labour soon-to-be-PM sought to replace Peter Hain, once a young Liberal who joined Labour, with a Liberal Democrat…

  • jaffa

    Last time we had a parliament we had a governor, not a secretary of state, and the last one was a Kiwi.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_Francis_Alnwick_Grey,_Baron_Grey_of_Naunton

    I nominate Mary McAleese.