Robinson takes off a hat…

Yet another twist in the tail is expected today when Peter Robinson makes his statement to the Assembly at 3.30 this afternoon. Using a special instrument by the Assembly, Mr Robinson will be replaced by Arlene Foster for a period of six weeks. It is thought that the First Minister will use this time to clear his name… Arlene Foster is to step into the breach whilst Peter Robinson retains his position as leader of the party…

  • Paul Doran

    So Tired of it all

  • JaneJeffers

    yes it’s getting boring.

    Not sexy or lurid enough, no mentions of Kirk for hours.

  • Sam Semple

    If only Peter Robinson could show such dexterity and fleet of foot to get Police and Justice dealt with…

  • Sam Semple

    If only Peter Robinson could show such dexterity and fleet of foot to get Police and Justice dealt with…

  • martin r

    It just gets better and better for Jim and Sir Reg!

  • The Impartial Observer

    This is of course the sort of stalling tactic that Robbo used to deride Trimble for!

    Good luck to Arlene, she is a very capable Minister something I’ve seen at first hand working in DOE. However I doubt that Marty is going to go along with this for any length of time.

  • It’s a pure cod of a job. What’s a ‘special instrument’ of the Assembly except a stroke? Either he’s First Minister or he isn’t and if he isn’t, the First Minister can only be appointed by a cross community vote in order to be assured of the authority necessary for the position. They can’t just appoint Arlene – or if they can, it makes a mockery of democratic accountability?

    Isn’t it odd that Arlene, previously a UUP stalwart, should become First Minister in this way and in this party? I don’t doubt her ability – just the process by which she came to this pass.

  • Driftwood

    Impossible to clear anything in 6 weeks, enquiries and investigations take much longer.

    Time enough to see what way the tide is flowing however.

    Brutus:
    There is a tide in the affairs of men.
    Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
    Omitted, all the voyage of their life
    Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
    On such a full sea are we now afloat,
    And we must take the current when it serves,
    Or lose our ventures.

    Julius Caesar Act 4, scene 3, 218–224
    Brutus and Cassius are discussing the final phase of their civil war with the forces of Octavian and Marcus Antonius. Cassius has been urging that they group their forces at Sardis and take advantage of the secure location to catch their breath. Brutus, however, advocates heading off the enemy at Philippi before Octavian can recruit more men. Brutus’s main point is that, since “the enemy increaseth every day” and “We, at the height, are ready to decline” (lines 216–217), he and Cassius must act now while the ratio of forces is most advantageous. “There’s a tide in the affairs of men,” he insists; that is, power is a force that ebbs and flows in time, and one must “go with the flow.” Waiting around only allows your power to pass its crest and begin to ebb; if the opportunity is “omitted” (missed), you’ll find yourself stranded in miserable shallows.

  • Paul Doran

    Let’s have an election. Yeh Come on.Who needs Peace.Good to see Cowen & Brown up in the North today !! not a very important issue in their eyes
    Sure what a few lives only ould Northerners.

  • Aldous Duke

    Correction. I don’t think Robinson will be addressing anyone. Foster is acting FM.

  • fin

    Seperated at birth?
    Who exactly is stepping into PR’s shoes, is it

    http://tinyurl.com/yh4o7tk

    or is it

    http://tinyurl.com/yfjloz4

  • Davros

    Ohnoes!

    Timothy 2:11-15

    “A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.”

  • OscarTheGrouch

    Davros, Arlene may not qualify….

  • Sam Semple

    Arlene said in answers today that Peter Robinson remains First Minister.

    So its not really a resignation at all.

    More Robinson phoneyness…

  • Eleanor Bull

    Seperated at birth?
    Who exactly is stepping into PR’s shoes, is it

    http://tinyurl.com/yh4o7tk

    or is it

    http://tinyurl.com/yfjloz4

    Posted by fin on Jan 11, 2010 @ 03:45 PM’;

    What happened to not playing the (wo)man?

    Would you have made this sort of sexist, lookist comment if Dodds or Sammy Wilson had become FM?

  • danielmoran

    SF must have a veto on this stroke. So, why aren’t they using it?

  • Greenflag

    driftwood ,

    ‘and one must “go with the flow.” ‘

    Not always the correct strategy. Those who are too avid in following the flow are very often the first lemmings to find the ground beneath them turn into a gaping abyss 😉

    Followers of the stock market boom and bust and the property meltdown should by now be wised up somewhat 😉

    If the news re Arlene Foster is true then it’s a way for Mr Robinson to salvage his political career depending on how ‘events’ in the coming weeks are perceived by a sceptical electorate . Can’t see any more aces in the hole in this game .

  • Aldous Duke

    They don’t have a veto. It’s within the power of the FM to appoint a temporary replacement for 6 weeks. They’ll have their say after the 6 weeks whether to renominate Martin or create havoc and refuse.

  • Lionel Hutz

    Have I just witnessed this. We’ve all been hoodwinked. The First Minister is alleged to have committed a breach of the ministerial code. He’s under pressure to resign having brought the system of Government into disrepute and in aprticular the Office of First Minister and Deputy First MInister and when questions are asked he jsut slips out the back door and gives powers to someone else for a few weeks. Astounding. HAs he even made an appearance today. Im disgusted

  • Kensei

    They don’t have a veto.

    Well, Martin could resign. They are probably calculating the amount of cover and whether an election in 12 weeks (or coincident with Westminster ones) is more likely to happen and more likely to produce better results.

  • The Raven

    An opportunity for complete sea-change confronts us, especially with an election ahead; possibly much wider than we have ever had the opportunity to have before. This is pertinent to both “sides of the house”.

    Sleekid manipulation, ducking and diving, avoiding important questions as to what we want our political classes to be – in terms of nous, behaviour and representation – cannot be allowed to (if I may use Lionel’s word), hoodwink us. I hope that the never-ending short memory, if I may use that particular paradox, of the Northern Ireland public, can be set aside for the next few months.

  • fin

    What happened to not playing the (wo)man?

    Would you have made this sort of sexist, lookist comment if Dodds or Sammy Wilson had become FM?

    Eleanor, yes, and why is it sexist, and how is it playing the (wo)man,

  • Aldous Duke

    “Well, Martin could resign.”

    He could, but with Robinson now with the P&J issue to distract him from the obvious I can forsee some hard headed negotiations afoot. Sinn Fein will predictably threaten to bring it all down in typical fashion should they not get enough from Robinson. With Brown and Cowan very busy on other business they will hardly be open to Sinn Fein delegation crying foul over issues that for the majority of us are far down the pecking order.

    It’ll be interesting to see whether Sinn Fein could offer to support Robinson’s renomination in 6 weeks in exchange for P&J’s swift devolution. Much to the disgust of the rest of us, but sure since when has that stopped them?

  • Eleanor Bull

    ‘why is it sexist, and how is it playing the (wo)man,’

    It was lookist. You were judging her on appearance. By extension, it’s reasonable to suggest you’re a sexist oik for whom women are judged according to who closely they resemble Elle McPherson, or whoever.

    It’s also quite sad that I have to explain this to you.

  • fin

    lookist – isn’t a term
    I wasn’t judging her appearance
    so, no, its not ‘reasonable to suggest anything
    sexist oik = man playing
    who’s Elle McPherson

    However do you now see your own man playing and sexism?

  • Paul

    #

    Have I just witnessed this. We’ve all been hoodwinked. The First Minister is alleged to have committed a breach of the ministerial code. He’s under pressure to resign having brought the system of Government into disrepute and in aprticular the Office of First Minister and Deputy First MInister and when questions are asked he jsut slips out the back door and gives powers to someone else for a few weeks. Astounding. HAs he even made an appearance today. Im disgusted
    Posted by Lionel Hutz on Jan 11, 2010 @ 04:26 PM

    Where have you being today hes made an appearance in the assembly and has acted in an hourable way by stepping down as FM unlike GA whos actions have being appalling

  • Aldous Duke

    Stepping down or stepping aside temporarily Paul? Gerry Adams isn’t FM or even a Minister, (although I think he should be removed as SF party leader)

    When did Robinson appear in the Assembly today? I was watching all day, must’ve missed that. As far as I know the only contact other than party collegues has been one on one with selected journalists.

    There’s very little honour in any of this Paul, (take it that’s what you meant). If he had honour, he’d put the country/people before the party.

  • Eleanor Bull

    ‘I wasn’t judging her appearance’

    So the comparison to Joe Pasquale was….what, exactly?

    ‘who’s Elle McPherson’

    Try Google.

    ‘lookist – isn’t a term’

    Try a dictionary. (while there, check out the correct spelling of separated, too).

  • Panic, these ones like it up em.

    If Peter Robinson takes off a hat he had better replace it with a mask.

    Realistically how can anyone continue in politics that has been so closely involved in such shenanigans.

    Just imagine canvassing for votes with that baggage going round with you (no I do not mean Iris even though she does seem to have an attraction for the younger male voter)

  • Eleanor Bull

    ‘Realistically how can anyone continue in politics that has been so closely involved in such shenanigans.’

    Let’s get some proper perspective on this.

    Did he lie to parliament about WMDs?

    Is it on the scale of Johnathon Aitken? Lord Archole (as Private Eye call him)?

    There are some questions to answer, certainly, but it’s going to boil down to a stern ticking off. Watch.

    Iris, on the other hand, has one annus horribilus behind her, and another commencing.

  • 0b101010

    Iris Robinson is still a councillor, MLA and MP, is she not? Is she still technically a member of the DUP too or was the expulsion with immediate effect? Anyone know for sure when all these promised resignations are going to happen? I keep hearing that it may be sometime this week, but that’s still rather vague. If she is still too ill to even answer her husband’s questions, has someone else been appointed the powers of attorney to resign on her behalf?