“You don’t have to agree with the other person’s point of view..”

Apparently, the deadlock in the Northern Ireland Executive is “very serious”. Whether that’s serious enough for Sinn Féin to take the ball away walk out of the administration isn’t clear. But a quick note to whoever is responsible for this BBC report.

Sinn Fein say the St Andrews Agreement set May this year as a target date for the devolution of policing powers to the Assembly, although the DUP has said it is not bound by any timetable.

Sinn Féin have repeatedly claimed that the St Andrews Agreement set a deadline of May 2008 – despite what the actual agreement stated. Whilst the DUP have consistently pointed to the conditional nature of the timing. But the real reason behind the current crisis is worth focussing on.