Out-going US President George Bush is due to drop in on Stormont on Monday and, as well as turning Belfast into a no-fly zone [Has someone told Gerry – Ed], they’ll thoughtfully close Stormont down for around 48 hours to mark the occasion. Mark Devenport also points out that anyone who does get inside will have to stay there for 5 hours.
Okay, it’s not 42 days, but it does look like a return to the days of “selective internment” to borrow Lord Maginnis’s old phrase. It’s just this time we have good intelligence on 108 or so likely suspects.
He might not be wrong about the “protests by anti-Bush toddlers”, either. Ógra Shinn Féin have promised they’ll participate in the protests, whilst the deputy First Minister, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinnness, is promising he’ll be raising those “serious reservations” when he meets with President Bush..