Should Sinn Fein drop Westminster absentee policy..?

LIAM Clarke argues that Sinn Fein’s abstentionist policy towards Westminster continues out of habit, not principle. He writes: “Now that McGuinness and his colleagues hold ministries whose powers are devolved from Westminster, and regularly bargain with British ministers for budgets, this position lacks any logic.” The oath is a sticking point, but could be dealt with, and with Sinn Fein’s major cards having been played – arms, policing support – it may find leverage in London if Labour has a poor general election.


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