“These proposals are going nowhere fast..”

It wasn’t until near the end of the Politics Show discussion with Jim Fitzpatrick and member of the Victims Commission, Patricia McBride, that the Northern Ireland junior Minister, the DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson, unveiled an argument [5mins 45 sec in] he had clearly been determined to produce in the debate on the leaked proposal from the Consultative Group on the Past, of a ‘bad bank’ to deal with the “toxic debt” of those poisonous foundations.

“These proposals are going nowhere fast. Because we will have a veto and, thankfully, we are no longer in the era of direct rule. The Assembly, the First Minister, will have to look at these and agree these proposals, and we’re simply not going to do that on the basis that we have read in this report.”

[Now can we bring on the 4 horsemen Victims Commissioners? – Ed]

It’s a point that was hinted at previously by Denis Bradley.

Mr Bradley said the consultative group on the past was a transitory body that should be wound up next year after it makes its recommendations – if it could agree on its recommendations – and the substantive task of dealing with the past in large measure rested with the Northern Assembly and Executive.

And the semi-accountable, and semi-detached, polit-bureau.. lycanthropes included.

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  • This is the same thing that has been proposed in the south. We even know its name: Anglo-Irish.

    maybe it could be used to take on teh North’s toxic debts as well. What’s the point of having two bad banks?

    Now that I think of it, why don’t we become bad bankers to the world?

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    …and now for something completely different…

    another Unionist says NO.

    If the Provos are suitable for government after the fighting, which the DUP have agreed to, then their relatives injured in the fighting, are suitable for compensation.

    It will be interesting to see the allegedly/so-called/self appointed ‘non tribal’ Tories wriggling on this one.

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    typical DUP – this is going nowhere fast like-

    the RPA, the post primary transfer system, water charges, the Irish language act, N/S bodies, E/W bodies, the Maze project, the Crum project, presbyterian savings, infact like everything under this government nothing is going anywhere!

    Vote DUP get nothing done

  • A former officer in that infamous sectarian murdering, colonial yeomanry, and terrorist ragbag of an organisation(just ask their former CO!) Fakes ‘outrage’, and vents unionist ‘fury’, yet again. Probably just another attempt to squeeze more money from the hard pressed british taxpayers across the water, aslong as the fenians don’t get a lookin!
    Move on jeffrey and start showing some real leadership!