The time for bluff and double bluff is over…

Over at Brassneck I’ve posted a few initial thoughts on the ‘settlement’… Of course it may not be a settlement as such. We’ve yet to see the annexes, but it’s hard to see what Sinn Fein get for derailing democracy for five months other than substantially the same promise they had five months ago. Although it is unlikely that devolution of Policing and Justice will come before a European election, it’s perfectly possible that the DUP will make all manner of warm noises then and perhaps do something later in the year. Which begs the simple question: what was all that about then?

Last year Peter Preston rather prophetically provided a hint: “…the flaw here is that Stormont is rigged for “normal” stagnation, disillusion and recurrent crisis at the whim of any supposed partner.”

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