In his column this week, Brian Feeney cites Alvin Jackson’s assertion that, from 1972, the role of unionist leaders in the Six Counties has been to mediate British policy to their followers. Their ability and willingness to do so determined their fate as political leaders. To Feeney, Peter Robinson knows this, and he knows – particularly after Brown’s Stormont speech– that British policy is at odds with the DUP regarding the failure to devolve Policing and Justice powers.
Correctly, Feeney identifies that
“The DUP refusal to deliver on policing and justice is simply the occasion of the dispute, not its cause. Sinn Fein has bigger fish to fry. The real issue is that the DUP has to learn how partnership and equality work and subscribe to that ethos.”