“I think it’s a very uncontentious issue.”

Mick’s already mentioned this but the assertion by the Northern Ireland deputy First Minister, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness, that “I don’t think that policing and justice transfer is a contentious issue”, must have been news to this Martin McGuinness, “It’s a big issue for Sinn Féin.” And this one. And to a few others as well. Let’s hope Peter Robinson doesn’t intend to learn lessons from Sinn Féin’s communications on that particular issue. Meanwhile, still no answers to those other questions.

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  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Pete,

    what is the pont in starting another thread on the same issue as Mick only 2 hours after him?

  • Pete Baker

    Sammy Mac

    One of the strengths of blogging is the ability to interrogate an issue from different angles.

    Mick’s given his initial response to the story.

    I’m giving mine.

  • “I think it’s a very uncontentious issue.”

    “One of the strengths of blogging is the ability to interrogate an issue from different angles.”

    Pete, one of Slugger’s weaknesses is its, er, inability to interrogate the Rathlin ferry contract scandal. Ditto the MSM – and Stormont committees.

    Why are the good folks of Cape Clear and some odds and sods in North Antrim being left to do the ‘heavy lifting’? It’s a justice issue …

  • Neil

    It kind of seems like you’re trying to point out some duplicitous behaviour, but I see no contradiction. First thing, the statement your title comes from is from an article in the past few days, whereas the other times where he apparantly contradicts himself are from more than a year ago. My point being that obviously things change in politics ove rperiods of a year, including policies, this is why we have Gerry Adams talking on the TV sans actor’s voice, for example.

    Two, is it that it’s not possible for an issue to be not contentious (not liable to provoke dispute) and yet be a big issue. For example the economy is a big issue, though if you had a straw poll most politicians would be in agreement over what we want for the economy. Put simply and issue can be big, and receive agreement.

  • Independent Orange Order

    Maybe Sluggerites could blog about the planned ‘Fun Day’ Republicans are holding in Rasharkin this 12th July. Where are they holding it? Is it the same field as the parade?

  • Laughing (Tory) Unionist

    “what is the pont in starting another thread on the same issue as Mick only 2 hours after him?
    Posted by Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit on Jun 09, 2009 @ 01:19 PM” – to rub it in good and proper for tools like you who asserted that P&J would already have been devolved last year – cf. this side-splitting thread: http://sluggerotoole.com/index.php/weblog/comments/its-an-ex-stadium-plan-for-maze/P50/ – and are still running away like billy-o from that jibber jabber. Much like you’re still running away from your Single Tranferrable Post dat ‘da Brits’ couldn’t do dis, dat and da other, and now you’re mewling, ‘pluze soir, oh pluze soir, don’t do dem terrible tings’. All in all, I quite see that, on oh so many different fronts, the wisest course for you by far is to keep on running

  • kensei

    Now perhaps I am being thick, but MMG says he thinks it is an uncontetious issue, presumably because he thinks it is still on track. So no problems from SF side.

    So that being a given, he must be expressing his view on the Unionist side of the house. Where is the contradiction, exactly?

    I know you like to shoe horn inthis hobby horse at every opportunity, btu piss poor show, there.