Jail break or application for parole?

It’s been a real puzzle trying to work out just exactly what all the events (and non events) of the last week add up to. The whole ‘election non story’ at the beginning of the week did not ring true for two reasons: one, the figures didn’t stack up for Sinn Fein to win anything; and two, these guys have been working more tightly together in OFMDFM and the Executive than any other two parties.

The famous ‘smoke break’ during the Executive meeting that followed Margaret Richie’s decision to pull funding that ultimately was destined to fund the UDA, allowed them to confer quickly them acting in impressive concert together. The optics of the helicopter departure were possibly set up to make Gerry Adams look Presidential. In fact, as Rusty has pointed out, it looked more like a break from a St Andrews jail (of the party’s own design and construction). In fact though, since the DUP still appear to hold the whip hand (not to mention the key to the cell door), it may be nothing so much as an application for parole.

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  • wab

    The event that did happen was the nomination of a new first minister. Is he also still finance ministe? Or has he resigned that post? If not, is it OK to occupy two ministerial posts at once? When will he resign?

  • Ahem

    I dunno, when I think on footage of a ‘president’ departing in a helicopter, still believing himself to have been triumphantly vindicated, when in fact he had been utterly humiliated, it’s Tricky Dick leaving the White House for the last time that comes inescapably to mind.

  • Mick Fealty

    I resisted the urge to cite Sammy Morse’s mention of the Shanghai Communique, which was so vague in its terms that it actually blocked further progress for another seven years, till a new one could be drafted. Let’s hope it doesn’t take a similar time to sort out this time.

  • joeCanuck

    Well now that you have mentioned it, Mick, could you be a bit less obscure and let us uninitiated know what that communique said?

  • Ahem

    Why exactly shouldn’t we hope that responsibility for the police and the law stays outwith the local yahoos until the Greek calends? Things, as they so often are, are fine the way they are.

  • joeCanuck

    The problem as I see it, Ahem, (and I’m not a S.F. supporter) is that the PSNI still seem to get operational orders from faceless British bureaucrats. Everything would be fine as it is it that were to stop.
    Any recent word on the Paul Quinn investigation?

  • “the PSNI still seem to get operational orders from faceless British bureaucrats.”

    That would British and Irish, Joe, and sometimes the orders may come from further up the chain of command.

  • joeCanuck

    Correct, Nevin.

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    Englezes knock the DUP back into line with SF the SDLP and the 2 governments and then guess what? Wee Reggie throws a wobbler and says UU against the transfer of P and J – luckily what he thinks no longer matters. Cracking few days.

  • graduate

    Don’t think Gordo telling Pete and Marty to sod off home and sort it out can be called knocking the DUP back into line. I htink Sir Reg has come out badly from this and don’t think SDLP look too good at this point. Everything has revolved round DUP and SF and other parties haven’t had a look-in. The optics therefore suggest that there is no use in voting for anybody except SF or DUP as nobody else gets a sniff of the trough

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it


    Gordo only told them to do so AFTER a STA implementation meeting which inlcuded Irish government officals had made it clear that progress on P and J is required. From SF/Nationalistc perpspecitve Gordo has supplied the necessaries.

    Reggie boy has gone off of on a solo run on P and J to try and embarass the DUP. He now looks like a real opportunist.

  • So Comical Marty goes crying to Downing Street that Robbo won’t let him play with the truncheon …

  • joeCanuck

    You’ve just conjured up an image of Punch And Judy in my mind, Nevin.

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it


    A bit like that – Gordo told Robbo to let Marty play with the truncheon because he was afraid that Marty might start playing with some of his old toys again.

  • Mick Fealty


    I was beginning to think you had some inside information. It’s becoming clear your stuff is strictly improvised.

    Gordon only has one thing on his mind at this precise moment: 42 days. Nothing else matters, least of all a politically suicidal threat by SF (not that such threat exists) to go back to war (Martin was emphatic about that in the Chamber on Thursday).

    It’s also important to note that we are in year three of a sustained charm offensive aimed specifically at Brown. Yesterday was the second time in three days he’s met a DUP delegation.

    Things just ain’t the way they used to be.

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it


    Improvisation ? certainly not – I’m more of a divine-inspiration-kinda-guy just like our mutual friend John O’Connell – although unlike the quarefellah I’m a bit of a Grizzly fan.

    If as you say Gordo has nothing else on his mind than the 42 days and that he’s been the unfortunate victim of a DUP charm offensive why would he agree to meet SF who after all dont take their seats? Not only that but he also invited the very last people on the planet that Robbo wanted to see – the Irish government.

    Re. the threat of republican violence. I presume that Gordo takes his advice from senior civil servants, probably foreign office (divine inspiration again) and their counterparts in ROI who reiniforce the idea that unless the peace process is cemented properly via acceptance by nationalists of police and justice then the next generation of fenians will kick off again.

    This is big picture stuff for the Englezes and they should be commended for it – perhaps Gordo should go after the fenian vote in the UK.