Peter Robinson makes his pitch for the new devolutionary deal with Sinn Fein. For those who thought this was against the run of the party’s policy, this early blogged Irish Times interview on Slugger gives an indication of where they were headed even in late 2002. Essentially, he is selling the deal on the stability he believes it offers:
people can carp, grumble and complain that perfection had not been achieved. Again my judgment was that we had surrounded the process with sufficient safeguards to control any potential abuse, that moving into the Executive could provide the momentum for further progress.
The question remains (as Robinson himself so succinctly put it back in 2002): do we have a system that allows the two parties to operate beyond the need for trust?