Is Brown coming to help Peter or help Martin?

Eamonn Mallie is pondering on the purpose of the PM’s visit to the North tomorrow over on his own blog today.

The question is : Is Mr Brown coming because of the stance taken by Martin Mc Guinness or is there some cunning plot afoot whereby Peter Robinson privately needs to get the Prime Minister here to help him to bring his dissidents on side.

  • percy

    Robinson has made his move:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/8289267.stm
    ‘No justice move pre Christmas’

    seems like the 12 apostles have done what they do best:
    deliver a timely kick in the chops.

  • Only Asking.

    I think Mallie’s blog is a bit out of date now after the Robinson interview this morning. He certainly put it up to Sinn Fein after Fitzpatricks suggestion that the shinners may lift their ball and go home. Robinson is clear, he is afraid of no one looking over his shoulder, he will wait until there is confidence, and that was signed up to by himself and Jim Alistar, and that is what they’ll stick to.

    Brown’s intervention won’t help anyone especially since Cameron has said he won’t sign a blank check.

    This late in the Game Brown is a lost cause, his visit helps no one, all it does is give Brown something to do to look important. No change will come of this.

  • igor

    Brown appearing anywhere is usually the kiss of death to a process / factory / business deal

    Robinson’s interview seems quite blunt and unequivocal on one level – but don’t be fooled – there is still ambiguity. There will be no actual devolution by Christmas but that ‘commitment’ wouldnt stop him committing to a date – its just that the mechanics cant be put in place in time for Santa to bring the package.

    As a fisherman, Martin will doubtless understand a strategy that involves a fly being dangled just in front of his nose.

    You know, no matter how much you detest the DUPs you do have to admire the way they have strung the Shinners along on this.

    Politically it has shown great tactical nous – if you like that sort of politics of course.

  • DC

    Don’t you mean time wasting not politics? There was also that 6 months of pretty much doing nothing.

    Marvellous politics.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    igor,

    re. You know, no matter how much you detest the DUPs you do have to admire the way they have strung the Shinners along on this.

    Politically it has shown great tactical nous – if you like that sort of politics of course”

    That is a strange way to describe losing a quarter of your vote – Robbo was snared by the STA – and good fisherman, like Marty, usually get their catch.

  • Laughing (Tory) Unionist

    Actually, McMurderous is more like a circus seal, catching’ solely the sprats his Thames House handlers lob him. In this case, P&J transferred as and when the Punt’s iron whim dictates. It’s been a joyful thing to watch, made ever sweeter by the ravings of loons like Slabbery there. Unless of course P&J *was* tranferred 2 years ago, as Slabbery said it would be, otherwise Sinn Five would walk of the executive and ‘pull the institutions down’. And, oh yeah, there *isn’t* a Unionist veto, granted and exercised, on any of the Payroll Republicans occupying the post. I’ll grant you that – *if* we are actually living in Slabbery’s World of the Imagination, then a *triumph* for Gez and the boys. Otherwise, orders followed, and humiliation supped up good and hard. Ho, ho, ho.

  • Comrade Stalin

    DC,

    There was also that 6 months of pretty much doing nothing.

    Only 6 months ? I’m having hard time figuring out what the executive has done since it came to power.

  • igor

    Sammy

    Look at how the DUPS have played the Shinners. After months of effective boycott SF backed down but everything they want is stymied. The problem is that they are the ones with the shipping list and the DUPs are the ones with the veto so its easy to just say no.

    And if it all collapses, so what? If SF storm off what good will it do them electorally?

  • KieranJ

    Igor’s post lacks one very important element. He mentions the DUP and the Shinners but fails to include the “Real IRA” who may be ready to fill the vacuum.