It’s hard to see how this is going to end without someone losing face. The Executive meeting yesterday was cancelled under pressure from Sinn Fein, and according it led to the cancellation of the North South Ministerial Council. It’s a slow acting poison which is paralysing all meaningful government action in Northern Ireland. It remains to be seen whether it has the same fatal potency of thallium… that famous poison of historical fact and literary fiction. Thallium has a known antedote… as has, it seems, this internal civil disobedience campaign inside
the Executive OFMDFM. I guess the question our politicians have to answer is whether the indigenous deal is actually worth saving?
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty