“it appeared that Sinn Féin and the DUP could not agree..”

According to a BBC report, those “dishonourable persons” who leaked confidential Northern Ireland Executive papers on post-primary transfer arrangements and on the axing of the Maze stadium proposal may have been premature.. in that those issues may not appear on the agenda of today’s Executive meeting. From the BBC report

On Wednesday night, it appeared that Sinn Féin and the DUP could not agree on whether to put the matter to a vote. There also appears to be no agreement on whether to discuss plans to scrap the planned sports stadium at the Maze.

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  • Sarah

    In other news the DUP and Sinn Fein are going to disagree over whether to disagree. Then they’re going to disagree on whether to discuss this disagreement.

    Why can’t they just get drunk and play twister like normal people? Get on with it!

  • cut the bull

    Once when there was agreement George Bush was invited here and had a cheek to praise efforts that had been made towards peace.
    I dont think it done us any favours him being here and it was a shame invited him.

    This song sums up my feelings on the issue, snag to the tune of Christy moores Casey, my apologies for a few plaguerised lines

    When Geordie Bush came to BelfastWhen Geordie Bush came to Belfast, all the wankers made a great furore.
    On their knees they went to meet him, shaking his hand at Stormont’s door
    As they massaged his ego, begging for a few dollars more
    Geordie met his welcoming party, his grateful hosts
    And as they shook his hand, over their shoulders stood a million ghosts
    Apache, African, Cuban, Palestinians and Lebanese,
    Nicaraguan, Afghans, Iraqis and Vietnamese
    They shouted Yankee imperialism is damned
    It cares nothing for humanity, be it woman, child or man
    All life is expendable in the empires building plan.

    Remember when you sing this song.
    Don’t be fooled by, those who swear they’re doing right when they’re doing wrong
    They speak of peace while they practice war, the masters of state terror
    Spreading their own warped form of democracy,
    Dropped in bombs from F15’s.
    Democracy’s not built on death and twisted bodies,
    Raining down from the sky
    Speak up, open your eyes and challenge the worn out lies.

    When it comes to the next election, they’ll come looking your vote
    Ask them for an honest quote
    Do they support occupation and annihilation, of non imperialist nations?
    Will they continue inviting war mongers here in your name?
    Or stand with proud freedom loving people and stop begging with shame.

    Remember when you sing this song.
    Don’t be fooled by, those who swear they’re doing right when they’re doing wrong
    They speak of peace while they practice war, the masters of state terror
    Spreading their own warped form of democracy,
    Dropped in bombs from F15’s.
    Democracy’s not built on death and twisted bodies,
    Raining down from the sky
    Speak up, open your eyes and challenge the worn out lies.

    Why did they not stand beside their people protesting at the City Hall?
    Rather than welcoming a master of mayhem
    Voters protested at a war mongers presence, hoping imperialism would fall
    Stop begging for blood money in our name, you stand alone in shame
    A hard lesson Imperialism has taught
    Blindness, deafness and silence aren’t easily bought.
    No that’s not our way,
    We’ll demand an end torture in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay

    Remember when you sing this song. Don’t be fooled by,
    Those who swear they’re doing right when they’re doing wrong
    They speak of peace while they practice war, the masters of suffering and state terror
    Spreading their own warped form of democracy,
    Dropped in bombs from F15’s
    Democracy’s not built on death and twisted bodies,
    Raining down from the sky
    Speak up, open your eyes, and challenge the worn out lies.

  • cut the bull

    I think that fits in neatly with farm nutrient management….

  • cynic

    Ah but this is democracy NI style. You need a bit of game theory to understand it but put simply:_

    * if both sides disagree with a proposal nothing happens

    * if the Prods agree and the Catholics don’t, nothing happens

    * if the Catholics agree but the Prods don’t, nothing happens

    * if both sides agree then something does happen.

    So from the outset its a 3:1 chance of anything happening at all. Simple really.

    If you need a further explanation perhaps Catriona Ruane will run a masterclass for us…. if she ever manages to work it out that is.

  • cut the bull

    well dont inhale when you speak or you may get a whiff of what your attempting to describe.

  • add that line in too as you can’t inhale while speaking….