As is being discussed on Radio Ulster, Sinn Fein are part of a process to seize the opportunity of the bizarre turn of events to make a breakthrough.
On Newsnight, Shaun Woodward has just said: There have been three lengthy meetings today on the issue ( of J&P)… between the DUP and Sinn Fein and there will be the further meetings tomorrow… There are many politicians who looked over the precipice… and are now engaged on the issues.. Nobody can afford to grandstand on this.. ( I think he means, issue ultimatums)… The attempted murder of the policeman was a reminder that this is not a game..”
Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London