“This system of government is failing..”

The Northern Ireland deputy First Minister, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, may have been threatening “deadlock and stasis” to come but, as Mark Devenport pointed out on Stormont Live, on some issues, we’re already there. [That’s the “indigenous” deal – Ed] Indeed.

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  • “The system is failing”

    “If you don’t get agreement, you get deadlock”

    Even when there is agreement, the outcome can be very problematic. For example, the Rathlin ferry investigation would have involved agreement between the (SF) DRD and (DUP) DFP.

    The Peter Cardy document and the Calmac response put a big question mark over the whole investigation and show that the MCA permitted a ferry to carry passengers with an invalid passenger certificate and, presumably, without insurance whilst under the supervision of the DRD.

  • Pancho

    This was always going to happen under our system. But I trust them listening to the public’s pressure in time.

  • SM

    This was always going to happen under our system. But I trust them listening to the public’s pressure in time.
    Posted by Pancho on May 26, 2009 @ 06:03 PM

    The problem is that SF/DUP only listen to their own voters – who vote for these two to “stop” the other one. Well the DUP ones do anyway, SF voters may be somewhat different. So if say DUP can spin this delay as “stopping SF” then they have no incentive to listen to the wider public who just want them to agree and get on with the job.

    So I don’t have your trust that they will listen eventually!

  • Pigeon Toes

    Nevin,
    That Calmac statement doesn’t “miss and hit the wall”.

    It would seem like they are not too happy…

    The news that the new operator’s Cape Clear ferry crews are going on strike, as widely reported today is hardly likely to inspire confidence in the operator as an employer.

    “SIPTU has served notice of a one day strike on June 4th on the Cape Clear Ferry, Naomh Ciaran II, in protest at pay cuts ranging from 22 per cent for deckhands to 27 per cent for the ship’s master. The stoppage will last from 8.30am until 7.00pm.

    “The company also expects the employees to work four extra weeks between May and September, for nothing”, SIPTU Branch Organiser Eddie Mullins said today. “The reasons it gives are that the ferry is running at an alleged loss and the falling levels in the cost of living.

    “To date the company has refused to acknowledge our correspondence, including requests for discussions. The employees are very united in this case and are determined to fight these unilateral cutbacks. We have also invoked the Payment of Wages Act, of which the company is in clear violation.”

    Hardly progress, but then are our politicians and civilservants capable of playing with the “big boys”?

    Or even the boys that catch them out?

  • Pancho

    When it comes to these issues, issues that have nothing to do with the culture on either side of the community it should be up to the “others”. The Greens and The Alliance where voted in and represent a political section of Northern Ireland which doesn’t get to vote on the big political issues. Seems reasonable that they are the decision makers here.

  • danielmoran

    pete. the circus up at stormont with all the free loaders is really a shameless insult to the intelligence. and another hiatus beckons, this time hopefully fatal. the shinners must be losing votes hand over fist these days by going in with those neanderthals of the dup into government it really is a low stunt from them. and could cost them dear.

  • loki

    Vote conservative say I. At least the Tories have bloody government experience, unlike the muppets here who are simply protest parties

  • Greenflag

    ‘Tories have bloody government experience’

    Indeed . If you are Irish the word bloody always rings a bell when mentioned alongside the word Tory 🙁 In Ireland’s history they go together liand in glove.

    Roll on repartition -time to wrap up this expensive charade of an Assembly and have the border redrawn by a neutral international organisation such as the UN or under the aegis of the EU/USA .

  • Greenflag, if you look at that link in post #1 you’ll see a little charade going on in your neck of the woods, a charade that has migrated here 😉

  • Babeuf

    The only deadlock remains as ever on the part of Unionism, nature of it’s ideology!

  • Quagmire

    The north is an absolute joke. Democratic politics went out the window with the imposition of an arbitrary border to appease a minority on this Island. If you want democracy then remove the border. Until that day though, mandatory coalition is as good as it gets.

  • Greenflag

    Nevin ,

    ‘Greenflag, if you look at that link in post #1 you’ll see a little charade going on in your neck of the woods, a charade that has migrated here ;)’

    I’m sorry to hear that Nevin . I don’t know what’s come over people these days . I mean it stands to reason that the less people are paid then the less they will spend and thus the more companies will save ? If every company was to do this then the country would be saved from economic disaster . And imagine if the public sector unions were to agree to work for 10 weeks for nothing or better still to donate their entire annual salaries to the Bankers and Government? I mean if the Gov can bail out the RC Church they have to get the money from somewhere?

  • Pigeon Toes

    “If every company was to do this then the country would be saved from economic disaster ”

    No