WHEN a colleague asked me the other week why Martin McGuinness would have to be nominated alongside Peter Robinson when the new DUP leader becomes First Minister, I replied that as the FM and Deputy positions were joint positions (in that one can’t exist without the other), for the Sinn Fein politician, election as DFM would be a mere formality. Now someone in Sinn Fein is suggesting it may not. Personally, I think this is another hollow threat, an attempt by a seriously weakened SF to exert some authority in an Executive where it appears to be unable to deliver on its agenda. And even if SF decide to use this for political leverage, I can still see a canny Robinson using the opportunity to his own advantage!
SF threat smacks of desperation…
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