“in truth it is a victory for everyone..”

Newton Emerson gave his answer to Turgon’s question in the Irish News yesterday

The end of the Stormont stand-off has left only one question behind. Namely, what the hell was that all about? The arrangements announced with great fanfare this Monday are indistinguishable from the DUP’s position before the stand-off began. There is still no date for the devolution of policing and justice powers and there is no mention of the Maze, academic selection or an Irish language act. Even the likelihood of side-deals on these issues has been thrown into doubt, with the SDLP proposing its own Irish language bill. It looks like a defeat for Sinn Fein. However, in truth it is a victory for everyone. Except Gerry Adams.

Or, as I put it previously, it’s back to St Andrews and the need for public confidence – without the claims of commitments to an unenforceable deadline. “Rejoice, rejoice”, indeed.