Sort it out yourselves

Liam Clarke highlights that no big pow-wow over policing and justice is being planned. He argues it is up the two parties to get it sorted and non-government intervention the wisest option:

“If governments intervene at this point, it will dissipate any pressure on either party to get on with the business of government. The best message London can send to both parties is “if you sort this out between you, then talk to us about money. If not we’ll work something out with Dublin”.

However, he believes that McGuinness’s Guildhall speech and Adams comments in Cleveland indicate Sinn Fein are laying the ground work for an election, seeking to rally the nationalist community with a victim narrative and the standard issue caricature of the DUP.