Empey: “We are moving steadily towards a post Robinson era…”

Reg Empey is the first political leader to come out with a combative statement on the future position of Peter Robinson… Below the fold…From Reg Empey

“In her statements of last week and this Wednesday Iris Robinson made absolutely no mention of her ‘inappropriate relationship’ in respect of the borrowing of money to finance Kirk McCambley’s business at the Lough Keeper’s Inn.

“In his interview and statement on Wednesday, Peter Robinson made no mention of some of the financial matters either, even though it was clear from the Spotlight report that he was aware of them from at least January 2009.

“Against that background I repeat my demand that Iris Robinson should step down immediately from her role as MP, MLA and Councillor.

“Studying transcripts throughout the day we have compared and contrasted the comments of the Spotlight Programme with previous statements made by both Peter and Iris Robinson. We have also had a preliminary examination of the rules governing disclosure and it seems clear to us that we are moving steadily towards a post Robinson era.”

“The prospect of a plethora of enquiries going on for months – distracting the First Minister and leaving Stormont in a powerless state cannot be contemplated. The Ulster Unionist Party therefore believes that Peter Robinson should give very serious consideration to his own position as First Minister.”

The country is crying out for leadership at a time when we are encompassed by terrorism on the one hand and a stalled Executive on the other – he is not providing that leadership.

Those in the Assembly who wish to see a stable and effective institution must speak out and join the Ulster Unionist Party in demanding a root and branch change to the way in which the Executive is run. We must refocus on the problems facing ordinary people and start to deliver the services and the policies needed to prepare Northern Ireland for the future.

“The Executive is already in a very precarious state and matters can only get worse if Mr. Robinson is hobbled by what will, inevitably, be a long-drawn-out process of public enquiries and media hounding.”

  • pinni

    What an old weasel!

  • cut the bull

    Working alongside either of the Robinsons could prove detremental to the credibility of any politician.
    Aint no use saving the Assembly if it seen by the public to be built on foundations of illicit relationships and dodgy financial deals.

  • union mack

    the revenge of Reg. I’d love to be a fly on the wall in Trimble’s house tonight too. Reg ought to have added that we are close to a post-devolution era. Robinson can’t commit to a P&J deal as he only survives as leader on the premise that there is no deal before the general election. If he doesn’t survive, Dodds leads an increasingly hard-line DUP – no P&J. If the UUP became the lead unionist party after an election, they have already stated no P&J. SF say devolution is unsustainable without P&J. The experiment is over people…

  • cut the bull

    Reg might get involved in a scandal. He might be a secret skinhead and secretly wear DM boots and have a wrangler jacket or worse he might drink Magners and listen to Christy Moore and the Wolftones

  • Driftwood

    The fall of the House of Robinson, good title for a book anyone?

    I’d like to think Captain O Neill, Chi Chi, Brian Faulkner et al were sitting in a pub in the sky somewhere watching that programme last night.

    Wonder what Papa Doc was thinking as well if he was up for it, or even if he can think.

    A tangled web indeed.

  • TAFKABO

    I remember a time when it would have been scandalous for a member of the Free Ps to have been caught having sex with their own wives, in case someone thought they’d been dancin.

    We live in changed times. Reg still comes across as a poundshop Montgomery Burns though…

  • cut the bull

    would any body give odds on a big Ian comeback

  • cut the bull

    would being a w###er be such a good story

  • Richard Sons

    Driftwood – Oh I think that Wee Jeffrey engages in other ‘premium rate’ activities whilst billeted in London at our expense.

  • pinni

    Tafkabo,

    What do the Free P’s have to do with it? The Robinsons aren’t Free P’s.

    But Christians do have the best sex!

  • cut the bull

    Do tell do tell

  • LukeCass

    Post Robinson era eh Reg, lets hope so old boy.

  • TAFKABO

    Wasn’t suggesting they were Pinni, just reflecting on changed times.

  • CW

    And in a further ironic twist Robbo’s deputy in the NI Assembly bears an uncanny resemblance to Art Garfunkel who co-sang that song from the film “The Graduate” about an affair between a middle-aged wom,an and a young lad that’s going through everyone’s head at the moment:

    http://dreamingarm.wordpress.com/

  • joeCanuck

    Cut the Bull,
    I’ll wager 5 pounds with odds of 5/1 against (you put up a pound).
    Loser puts the winnings in the tip jar. Offer effective for a month.

  • Peter Fyfe

    Driftwood

    I would not have taken you as a visitor to GAA message boards or was your source somewhere else? Would the story compare to this though? I dont think so but it would certainly provide a chuckle. How must big Ian have reacted last night? His face must have been priceless. You would think Baroness Paisley would have acted in the public interest and taken a picture. Talk about cheering the country up in the midst of winter.

  • easycompany

    dup policy from thier website

    DUP Policy Priorities

    DUP Propose abolition of MP expenses system
    The proposals attached form the basis of the DUP submission to the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s Review of MPs’ Expenses.
    The DUP advocates abolishing the MPs’ expenses system and ensuring MPs do not receive a single penny beyond their salary.
    Party Leader, Peter Robinson will pass on the DUP recommendations to other Party Leaders at Westminster

    PROFILE

    Iris Robinson MP MLA

    Iris Robinson has a very different attitude and work-ethic. She sees her role as an extremely privileged one and seeks day and daily to better the lives and living conditions of all her constituents. Iris Robinson’s constituency service is second to none and is available all year round..not just at election time!

    you couldnt make it up !!!

  • Peter Fyfe

    eastcompany

    How have they not changed that line, maybe a few in the DUP can’t help having a laugh either. Thanks for pointing that one out.

  • Peter Fyfe

    Sorry for the typo easycompany

  • LabourNIman

    Empey still knows how to act like an amateur. This kind of comment, the day after the revelation looks cheap.

    Instead of saying his party are looking at the rules he goes straight for iris’ stringy neck.

    The only winner from this will be Doddsy

  • cut the bull

    joe ur on

  • Driftwood

    PeterFyfe
    No idea about GAA message boards or sources.
    Just my thoughts

    Cant imagine O Neill & co would let the DUP pond life even sit with them. Especially the Demon “Doctor” with his Bob Jones ‘University’ degree ($200 a pop).
    Kinda feel sorry for the lumpenproletariat core voters for the Robinsons. But Trailer trash vote(d) for them.
    What you want and what you need are 2 different things, as Deke Thornton once said.