“Let’s see what happens..”

As Brian said, the reported meeting in Downing St is one to watch during the day. Whether or not, as Noel McAdam’s anonymous sources claim, it’s a “crisis” or, as his Downing St source says, it’s “routine, stock-taking”, there’s certainly confusion about the meeting. Below the fold Martina Purdy looks ahead at the big question for the autumn, what do we do about the transfer of policing and justice powers? And what will we do about the bill? Here’s what Martina Purdy knew, or didn’t know, about the meeting on Stormont Today last night. Update Apparently the NI First Minister will have a separate meeting in Downing St tomorrow. And From the latest report – “Difficulties surrounding the devolution of policing and justice powers may be resolved in the next few weeks, Martin McGuinness has said.” And, then again, they may not..

Martina Purdy looks ahead at the big question for the autumn.

Adds From Hansard 29/06/09

Mr Doherty: Go raibh maith agat, a Cheann Comhairle. In view of the development work, particularly on the exemplar design of the five, and possibly six, schools in Lisanelly, will the Minister, when he next meets the British Prime Minister again raise this issue and press him on not only gifting the site but when it will be gifted?

The deputy First Minister: The First Minister and I are to meet Gordon Brown tomorrow afternoon, and that will certainly be one of the items that we will raise with him.

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  • fair_deal

    I would have thought McG comments taking parading off the table decreased the likelihood of it happening

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Would they really want another crisis though? One in which they might not control their own side?

    What you think FD?

  • John O’Connell

    “twin headed monster” – very good, Martina. Couldn’t have put it better myself. I would have thought that you might have noticed that one of the heads of the beast had a fatal wound, as prophesied, and that that resulted in 40% of his votes being lost in the Euro poll.

  • joeCanuck

    Yawn.

  • Pete Baker

    And From the latest report

    Difficulties surrounding the devolution of policing and justice powers may be resolved in the next few weeks, Martin McGuinness has said.

    And, then again, they may not..

  • fair_deal

    “Would they really want another crisis though? One in which they might not control their own side?”

    Who is the ‘they’ in this case?

  • George

    Isn’t it amazing how it has gone from Sinn Féin and Irish nationalism having to grasp the policing and justice nettle to the DUP and British unionism having to.

    As was obvious over a year ago, Sinn Féin can sit this one out indefinitely. Policing will be devolved and it’s just a matter of time and like decommissioning it doesn’t really matter if it takes one year or five.

    Delaying the devolution of these powers won’t damage Sinn Féin’s vote one iota. As for the DUP, that’s another story….

  • Mark McGregor

    George,

    Indeed. It may not damage SF’s vote but it certainly isn’t demonstrating any real or sustained movement towards advancing republican objectives (in SF’s terms – I personally see that project as a purely constitutional nationalist one not republican) or any momentum or advances towards unity whatever from them.

    Things looking bleak for the DUP or any unionist party doesn’t automatically mean an advance for republicanism as was amply demonstrated by the failing fortunes of the UUP.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit
  • Reader

    Sammy: Marty tells the Englezes to pay up.
    And if they don’t, is SF then going to support the DUP position, or demand devolution even without the money?

  • Laughing (Tory) Unionist

    Sammy, what are you talking about? As you told us *years ago*: P&J has *already* been devolved, and, it has a SF minister administering it (there being no question of a Unionist veto on that). Oh wait: you were spoofing, yet again. Spoofing is a polite word for ‘making things up’. And that was a polite phrase for ‘lying’. Give it a rest: you’ve made a big enough fool of yourself.

  • dub

    more man playing unpunished by this unionist site

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Reader,

    dont know what their tactics will be but they would certainly be in a very difficult position if the Englezes dont supply the necessaries. Difficult to believe they could get to this point without Marty knowing El Gordo’s bottom line. The finance thing is partly a strawman designed to deflect criticism form the DUP for meeeting SFs agenda.

  • Laughing (Tory) Unionist

    Quit your whining Dub: it’s playing the ball of Sammy lying yet again. Time after time after time. It’s perfectly simple: if he wants to stop being called on for lying, then he should stop lying. He’s this site’s version of Ed Balls, save for the fact that Ed doesn;t always and in every insytance runs away from his lies.