Executive stress?

Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, may be denying an agreement exists to provide £200m extra funding to the NI Executive in return for DUP MPs’ votes, but her denial leaves room for someone else to have discussed the exact terms of any agreement. It’s a rumour which has developed in the aftermath of that Downing St meeting – and the aftermath was also under discussion on the Politics Show today, with UUP leader Reg Empey and SDLP leader Mark Durkan.

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  • ZoonPol

    The DUP denied there was a deal so from this we can also believe their statement about not talking to SF etc etc.

  • Steve

    sounds like reg is tired of standing outside the tent pissing in

    I wonder when Durkan will follow the UUP and try to move on to the hard line ground

  • percy

    Brown-nosing?

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    If the DUP get money for something they were going to vote for anyway then well done provided the money is not spent on a constituency basis but for all the plain people of Non Iron.

  • oberver

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    If the DUP get money for something they were going to vote for anyway then well done provided the money is not spent on a constituency basis but for all the plain people of Non Iron.
    Posted by It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it on Jun 09, 2008 @ 09:23 AM

    Durkan doesnt seem to want any of the extra cash so none so go to margaret ritchie. Lets see how long before she gurns about it

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    gurns about it ??

  • Granni Trixie

    All signs point to the DUP doing a deal,bartering with their votes to support the PMs proposal, even though this would be contrary to their previously stated postition against internment. And, much as NI could use extra sums of money,some matters ought to be above financial gain. The DUPs lack of moral fibre disgusts me and confirms my view that our NI politicians have not the capacity to run a devolved Justice department.

    I also question why,given the long lasting negative impact of internment in NI, Sir Hugh Orde weighs in to support 42-day pre-charge detention – could it be long term self interest?

  • bruiser

    I wish Durkan would just shut his mouth. 42 detention would have little impact here – we should take the money and run. This is typical SDLP trying come across principled and liberal when they don’t have a full grasp of the facts.

    Absolutely right Ricthie shouldn’t get a penny.

  • nineteensixtyseven

    brusier,

    The 42 days bill is badly thought out, unneccessary, mixes judicial and parliamentary functions in a dangerous manner and the provision for special courts is just harking back to the Special Powers Act. To sell out on centuries of civil liberties for a few pounds would be absurd and the issue raises serious questions over whether the DUP can use their position in Westminster and as First Minister to act without the Deputy First Minister on certain matters when it is intended to be a joint ministry.

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    nineteensixtyseven,

    dont be so precious – the DUP would have voted with it anyway. There is no issue re. “to act without the Deputy First Minister on certain matters ” – SF dont take their seats so they can hardly complain. It would only be an issue if it was for the benefit of 1 section of the community and then the Engleze governement should get the blame for that if they cut such a partisan deal. If a few more people get better schools or speedier operations then all well and good. Goodonya Robbo.

  • Comrade Stalin

    The 42 day changes are a shameful attack on civil liberties for the sake of political gain, but I would have been surprised if the DUP had voted against them in any case, bribe or no bribe.

    It’s not surprising Orde supports it as well. Like all policemen, he knows that the cops never arrest someone unless they’re sure he’s guilty. Right ?

  • DK

    I may be a bit naive in these things, but does the 42 day bill even extend to Northern Ireland? Doesn’t there have to also be a separate NI bill or something? Maybe someone who knows a bit about politics can let me know.

  • nineteensixtyseven

    DK,

    This Bill does. It depends what area the Bill is in and whether they want it to apply to NI or not I think. As a Criminal Justice Bill the Assembly don’t have any power in that area but Westminster do.

  • nineteensixtyseven