DUP: sharing out the goodies with its (Scottish) Nationalist friends…

Here’s Danny Finkelstein explaining the difference between narrative in politics, and spin:

This form is not the spinner’s way of looking at the world. This is the actor’s way of looking at the world. This is the way of looking at the world that says you progress and explain who you are through action. So this idea of narrative, far from being the empty creation of public relations experts, is really about the doing and the action and transforming characters through action and not simply telling. It’s the antithesis of public relations spin.

Last week’s ‘crisis’ begins to look grubby and tawdry compared to the DUP’s parliamentary coup last night. What tells you it was real politics in action is the number of hares it has set off running. Iain Dale notes that the SNP are rubbing their hands at some of the goodies that may now be coming their way.

Words are good and sometimes warming, but in context of Northern Irish politics they too often prove deceptive. Actions are the only reliable measure of the underlying political realities.

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  • What tells you it was real politics in action is the number of hares it has set off running.

    You’re not wrong there what to make of David Davis?

    Is this the Anglo-Irish Agreement in reverse?

  • Does it not seem to be a bit centrifugal? Although I’m convinced a deal was done, I don’t yet know if this asset-stripping was part of it. But if it was, it seems that the DUP have successfully negotiaated another crack in the UK edifice – hardly their intention, surely?

  • gram

    Any truth in the runour that they’ve asked Gordon to build them a new stand at Windsor?

  • gram,

    I guess that would be hard, as sport is a devolved matter.

  • percy

    What is SF’s next move?
    Gerry to go for a by-election on devolution of P&J;.

  • Greenflag

    ‘never mind what they ( politicians or anybody else for that matter) say son just watch what they do’

    Those who can- do!
    Those who can’t do -teach!
    Those who can’t do and can’t teach- consult
    Those who can neither do , teach , nor consult have all the essential requirements for a political career :)!

  • Don’t worry, Greenflag, there’ll always be a place for you and your ilk on Slugger 😉

  • WindsorRocker

    [i]”Gerry to go for a by-election on devolution of P&J;.

    Posted by percy on Jun 12, 2008 @ 01:32 PM”[/i]

    Well at least then when asked if the dead died for things like devolved policing and justice, Gerry can tell everyone at least they voted for it!….. 😉

  • interested

    Mick,
    Does the SNP “rubbing their hands” line not fall down in that its not the first time that the NI Executive have been given the use of lands, the sale of which would usually have gone to the Treasury.

    Surely Trimble tells us that part of his financial package was the transfer of similar lands to the Executive. If it didn’t set a precident then, why does it set one now?

    Its more desperate Tory scaremongering – just like telling us that 42 days detention negates the Magna Carta but 28 days was perfectly acceptable for them to support and doesn’t harm English (sic) liberties.

  • Concerned Loyalist

    Iain Dale notes that the SNP are rubbing their hands at some of the goodies that may now be coming their way……………………………

    The SNP may try and strike while the iron is hot well, because it won’t be long until Labour and Brown are out of office, replaced by a Conservative Party with a strong majority, who view the SNP with contempt. I’m not exactly a Tory-lover, but I agree with their views on the SNP; a nasty bunch of borderline racist xenophobes whose rhetoric sounds like a stuck record-player!

  • K Mclaughlin

    Re. posting by ‘Concerned Loyalist’ 02:40 am 13th June.
    Out of your vast knowledge of Scottish politics, could you perhaps provide me with some concrete examples of ‘borderline racist xenophobes’ in the SNP?
    I think you will be hard pressed to do so.
    If you really want prime examples of racist xenophobia, you should check out the comments appended to Ian Dale’s blog or, for that matter, any English Tory newspaper endlessly babbling on about ‘too many Scots’ in the cabinet and the 5 million drink soddden fried Mars bar crunching sponging Scots (aka ‘sweaties’,’scum’,’vermin’)who live off the English taxpayer. Some of their stuff would be the subject of legal action if directed at black or Jewish people.
    PS Is anyone with a moniker like yours in any position to condemn xenophobia?

  • Concerned Loyalist

    PS Is anyone with a moniker like yours in any position to condemn xenophobia?

    Posted by K Mclaughlin on Jun 13, 2008 @ 12:44 PM
    …………………………………………..

    In short, yes. Why wouldn’t I be? I’m not xenophobic in any way, shape or form. Loyalism is a political ideology that transcends nations’ borders. It’s not just the preserve of Ulster, there are Loyalists in England, Scotland, Wales and the Free State, as well as the likes of Australia and North America…

  • “sharing out the goodies with its (Scottish) Nationalist friends”

    Funnily enough, there’s an SNP link to the Rathlin ferry operator story, a tale, apparently, of goodies and baddies.

    CalMac, the ferry operator, and CMAL, the ferry assets ‘sister’ company, are both owned by the Scottish government and the present Minister for Transport is Stewart Stevenson, the SNP MSP for Banff and Buchan.

    If Stewart is worthy of a place in the Muppet Hall of Fame surely there must be a few of our 108 MLAs who deserve a similar honour.

    Stewart’s blog has a story about cowboy builders so he could be the man to take a closer look at the protection of his government’s assets: people and ferries.