“I’m taking the British Prime Minister at his word.”

After UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s visit today the BBC reports that Tuesday will see further talks in Downing St on the devolution of justice powers and ‘stability’. The iol report has more comprehensive quotes. From the Northern Ireland deputy First Minister, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness – “I’m taking the British Prime Minister at his word, he is saying this process, this negotiation, will not fail on account of the funding issues”. And from the NI First Minister

Mr Robinson today rejected Sinn Féin claims that he was stalling on a deal to appease “angry men” in his ranks. “I have not seen any angry men in the DUP,” he said. “I have seen some irritable characters in Sinn Féin.” He added: “I am prepared and can work with anybody who has the same goals, which are to make the Assembly and Executive work for the benefit of Northern Ireland. “I was not elected to be a buddy for Martin McGuinness, I was elected to work with him and that is why I am here.”

Or, as the DUP’s Gregory Campbell told Stormont Live, “Chill out and relax.” Same time tomorrow, then? But do they have anything to say about what they want to do with those powers?

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  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    As Norn Iron has fallen from the public gaze in Britian El Gordo gets little credit for the great work he has done at edging all sides forward and giving Norn Iron a very high priority even though they are few votes in it for him and his party.

    If the transfer of powers does complete sucessfully both he and the SOS can refect on the their excellent contribution to one of the Labour party’s major achievements – the implementation of the GFA/STA.

  • USA

    Well that is one way to destroy a brands reputation.

  • igor

    It doesn’t have a reputation. It claims to be an ‘inc’ based in the usa but its actually in China!

  • igor

    Marty e believes what Gordon Brown told him. Charming naivety or desperation?

  • Thereyouarenow

    Are some people daring to suggest that Irish people cannot trust the British goverment to implement the GFA.

    That kind of talk leads to war in the end ya know.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit


    since the Peace Process began the British have been as good as their word in ‘encouraging’ Unionism over each hurdle – unless they start some funny stuff Marty is quite right to give them the benefit of the doubt.

  • Thereyouarenow

    Will they all have all of their ducks in a row before the real boss’s representative (Hilary for those who do not know who the real boss is) arrives.

  • ulsterfan

    Hilary the real Boss!
    Who are you trying to fool.
    Even when her husband came to knock a few heads together the unionists were not a bit impressed.
    When challenged about his authority one local politician dismissed him as a has been saying he did not have a seat on the Unionist Council.
    What can Hilary do?
    The Unionists do not owe her any favours and in return what can she threaten to do?

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit


    re. the Yankees

    In Yankee parlance – we good guys like to talk up their influence and you bad guys like to talk it down.

  • Thereyouarenow

    When America say jump. Britain says look I am already in the air.

    The American president is Britains real boss (deny your denial)

  • ulsterfan


    Since when did support of US foreign policy make anyone Good, and opposing it make them bad.
    There is no correlation.