We need another post- Massareene moment soon

Adds: In response to a point reasonably made , I have retitled. There! It can be done. Brian Feeney, historian of Sinn Fein, Round Britain Quiz panellist and Irish News columnist, is gloating over the perceived discomfiture of Peter Robinson as he tries to find firm ground in his troubled party. The latest pimple Brian has been picking at is the police reserve issue which actually appears to have been finessed. Peter seems to working his way through the divisive issues one by one. He could do worse. He has just finally written off Eames Bradley as a whole, as being too badly compromised by the recognition payments to proceed with. I hear no chorus of objection from nationalists about that. There is much unfinished business there but better to tackle it piecemeal and certainly afresh. Perhaps parades will come next. On both issues we need a firm last hurrah from the team of Shaun Woodward and Micheal Martin. What Brian chooses to ignore is that no supporters of the agreements gain if Robinson loses his ability to manoeuvre within unionist opinion. Cutting the First Minister some slack is necessary to keep the show on the road. It doesn’t require croppies to lie down.Just for a change, I’d welcome an open minded treatment from Brian that puts himself into the minds of Robinson and his electorate. Sure, confidence building is a two way process but if Robinson can steer a narrow course between now and next May momentum may pick up. What else is there to work for? In a rare intervention the old man has praised Sinn Fein’s good faith and warned both sides to “work with great care.” How interesting that he seems prepared to take the TUV flak. Would it really take the skin off Brian Feeney’s nose if J&P were postponed until next summer? He would do better to urge McGuinness and Robinson so start the sequencing for this to happen acceptably rather than facing ultimatums. We need another Massareene moment, but from both sides this time.

  • couldn’t comment shouldn’t

    Interesting thing about Feeney’s piece is that the reappearance of the Ole “Doc” confirms what he has said.

    Robbo is on his own and the only person that could be found to encourage him and Marty on, is one half of the Chuckle Bros.

    hardly a ringing endorsement and possibly more a realistic reflection of how isolated Robbo is – as has been said before – there’s a lot of P45s in 66,000 votes and the DUP MPs/MLAs know it!

  • Brian Walker

    An open question from afar. What’s the evidence for Peter’s isolation and a lot of P45s? I know the arguments but I’ve seen no reporting that paints it as black as all that. Nothing like a decade of Trimble. Yes the DUP is more disciplined but with all those MLAs roaming the corridors and councillors in transition, you’d expect much more to come to the surface, if it was as bas as all that underneath.

  • Dave

    I think the Shinners would prefer that Ian Paisley didn’t pat them on the head in public.

    They’ve been able to spin the support of the British government as being support for their supporters’ agenda rather than being based on the Shinners support for the British government’s constitutional agenda, but how do you spin the support of Paisley to your supporters?

  • Mike

    Brian

    “We need another Massareene moment soon”

    Good God, that’s a crass turn of phrase.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Brian,

    re. Postponing the police transfer (again)

    SF suspended Stormo proceedings until Robbo bleatedly got the police transfer process moving again last November – he has been fairly generously given a year now to get his party’s arse in gear in line with the requirements of the main political power brokers the British, Irish and American governments.

    SF will no doubt the understand very well the good sense in the old proverb – fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.

    Perhaps it is a choreographed statement from the extremely Reverend Ian Paisley and another confidence building measure for Unionism and an indication that the DUP realise they cant out anti-agreement the TUV as they are already damaged goods having supped from the same glass as the enemies of Ulster at the Stormo dinner table.

  • “in face of Donaldson’s indiscipline”

    Indiscipline? I’m surprised Brian Feeney hasn’t learnt by now that Jeffrey isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer. That performance on the Nolan Show re. the FTR demonstrated Jeffrey’s ‘ability’ to articulate contradictory positions within minutes of each other. The FTR precondition metamorphosed fairly rapidly into absorption of FTR members who wished to remain into the full time PSNI.

  • “a crass turn of phrase”

    Aptly put, Mike.

  • DR

    my thoughts too Mike snd Nevin, as for putting things off till after the election, that merely moves it closer to the assembly election, the one that matters most.

  • Panic, These Ones Likes It Up Em.

    “Massareene moment”
    A little more enlightened way of putting this was called for here.
    Homework for Brian; Work on subtlety

  • Brian Walker

    panic etc. Quibblers, heading like clegs to a cow pat to a deliberate misunderstanding, as if we don’t have enough real ones… I’m talking about FMDFM stading together after the murders. Obviously.

  • Panic, These Ones Likes It Up Em.

    To be honest I knew what you were talking about but you could have put it better. Sure we all get it wrong sometimes and really there is no harm been told it the odd time either.

    Nuance and subtelty are not always necessary but can entertain the grey matter

  • couldn’t comment shouldn’t

    Evidence – the reality is the lack of evidence whether in the provincial press of the local press no DUP MLA is out supporting Robbo inhis current political stance.

    Wee jeffrey broke ranks and started to added extra demands and again it took Robbo personally to intervene – no support

    Ask any DUP MLA privately and they are terrified of an election the European Election is not being seen by the Leadership as a warning but the MLAs clearly see it as their future possibly going down the pan

    Finally the biggest issue for the DUP MLA is that the public no longer believe they can or will deliver – so apathy is the biggest real threat in the coming months and without support Robbo won’t be able to change that

  • Trev

    Feeny is a sad bitter old political loser. His bigotry is dreadful and his analysis is one-dimensional.

    The only interesting thing about the article is how anyone can make a living out of writing the same old ‘it’s themuns’ fault’ story over and over again.

  • paddy joe feeney

    Brian Feeney is always a good read on wednesday. probably the only columnist worth reading in IN. and no im not related

  • “heading like clegs to a cow pat”

    Shite, Brian, stop digging 🙂

  • Mike

    “panic etc. Quibblers, heading like clegs to a cow pat to a deliberate misunderstanding, as if we don’t have enough real ones… I’m talking about FMDFM stading together after the murders. Obviously. ”

    Yes, I’m well aware of what you actually meant. (As I would say are the others – no one’s having a misunderstanding, deliberate or otherwise.)

    And as I say, it was a crass turn of phrase – as Nevin, Panic etc agreed.

    You seem quite irritated – perhaps because you thought you’d coined a clever and catchy phrase in “Masserene moment”? Sorry to prick that feeling it that’s what it is – but “Steps of Stormont Castle moment” while not as alliterative or snappy, would have been much more appropriate, and much less unfortunate.

  • hopefully someday

    Trev on Nov 19 is a sad bitter old political loser. His bigotry is dreadful and his analysis is one-dimensional.The only interesting thing about the article is how anyone can make a living out of writing the same old ‘it’s themuns’ fault’ story over and over again.

    You Trev could could be describing yourself and unionist bloggers on the one hand and nationalist bloggers on the other. Oh and Brian Walkers oul aunt as well Im old enough not to remember the likes of her with any fondness lol.Sure and not one of yis would lift a finger to hurt anyone but then lots of ink and lots of words generaly preceed lots of death and destruction.I never
    hear yis calling on the politicians to help the old or young of East or West Belfast.But then you cant get a rise out of that can you nope.
    Submit word (church)dear god imagine if you all acted like christians are supposed to act never happen.

  • “open minded treatment from Brian that puts himself into the minds of”

    Politics is so polarised here and there’s been so little real communication between the ‘tribes’ that many political commentators, let alone such a partisan one as Brian Feeney, find it very difficult to empathise with those on the other side of the wall.

  • borderline

    Brian Walker blogs a damned good piece at gets savaged by well..you know who you are.

    Professional and amateurs in this amateur’s opinion.