“What’s the delay?” – Redux

When I originally posted this there were few moved to comment. Perhaps today’s flurry of statements on the topic – and there’s a good iol roundup report here – will change that. Here’s Julia Paul’s BBC NI Hearts and Minds report from June this year – investigating the then-8 month delay in producing the final report from the Strategic Review on Parading in Northern Ireland. As I said then – “We had the interim report in April last year and, prompted by Mark Devenport’s post, in April this year I pointed out that “[implementing] the agreed recommendations of the Strategic Review of Parading by end 2008” was a key performance indicator and a priority action in the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review 2008-2011 [pdf file]. But, despite Sinn Féin’s John O’Dowd’s denial that there’s a quid pro quo being demanded on the transfer of policing and justice powers, the answer to the question “What’s the delay?” seems likely to be found in an impasse in that dysfunctional semi-detached polit-bureau..

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  • joeCanuck

    Good repost, Pete.
    The links (ah, those pesky links!) answer a couple of questions I raised on Eamonn Mallie’s thread.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    If Robbo wishes to mire the transfer of police in controversy then this is an excellent choice of issue – but it is puzzling that Paddy Pantsdown’s recommendations (interim) appear to be so welcomed by the DUP – apparently inserting SF into the decison making process at local, council and Stormo level.

    It is also difficult to understand why the Orange Order are so omptimistic that the new arrangements will result in outcomes more favourable to them other than them simply assuming that anything will be better than the Parades commsission – perhsps they should be careful what they wish for.

  • BonarLaw

    Sammy

    so Sinn Fein backing themselves into a corner where they will pay (and be asked to pay) dearly to devolve policing and justice to structures which are Shinner proof is really a carefully staged trap for the DUP?

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    BonarLaw,

    if you can address the questions I raised in message 2. then perhaps your contention “pay (and be asked to pay) dearly ” will have some context.

  • BonarLaw

    Sammy

    if Ashdowns’ proposals do as you suggest why did SF in the guise if Spike Murray block progress? Could it be that the rights based mediation framework he suggests puts the Sinners and their proxies in the “Concerned Community” Groups on the wrong side of European jurisprudence?

    The bill gets bigger by the day…

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    BonarLaw,

    I do not have knowledge of behind the scenes negotiations.

    re. “if Ashdowns’ proposals do as you suggest ”

    What I’m puzzling over is what part of these proposals suit Unionism/Orangeism, apart from the idea of getting rid of the Parades Commission itself? Any light to shed here?

    The TUV’s position casts futher doubt on how much support Robbo’s stance will attract even witihn Unionism? Any light to shed on that?

  • The INTERIM review has never been concluded with a final report, perhaps because of a number of toxic issues that were simply ignored because they were inconvenient. Some are here http://www.thedissenter.co.uk/2008/10/parade-review-steps-toward-legal-minefield/, though the issue of the availability of legal aid to parades organisers (not presently) v the objectors (usually singular if past JRs are to go by) is also a significant one. The Ashdown INTERIM review has serious weaknesses that has made acceptance difficult even for those with no love of the Parades Commission.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    thedissenter,

    The question is then why is Robbo embracing it so warmly?

  • Robinson called for the Parades issue to be addressed. There has been some paperwork from Goggins to suggest Ashdown is under consideration, we are led to believe. Everyone else is filling in the gaps, replacing the Parades Commission with Ashdown.

  • Apologies. Had missed this off BBC “Mr Robinson said he strongly supported the work of former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown, who is heading a review into parading in Northern Ireland, but he questioned the delay in the final report.” No sure what this means. Does he support the work of Ashdown, or the ideas in the interim report. No idea.