Now just a quick question for those at that meeting last Sunday…

Well, we have it from the Tories… and we have it from my esteemed colleague Owen Polley that the meeting in London on Sunday (when the DUP members left their Sinn Fein colleagues dangling in the P&J talks on basis of taking a break for the Sabbath) that there was nothing to the meeting other than the policing and justice negotiations and the further stability of the institutions… Well, that’s good to hear… And if that’s so, will we be hearing what the conclusions of those talks were? Will the other parties not invited to London be hearing those same fruits? Well, no one seems to have briefed Danny Kennedy who gave a rather different account to Gerry Moriarty of the Irish Times:

“We do not propose, however, to go into any kind of detail in relation to that [the talks] except to say we considered both the short-term, medium-term and long-term interests of all of the people of Northern Ireland,” he said. He also indicated that “further or enhanced” talks would take place.

Jeff’s view: “Politics is a dirty game…”

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  • Noticed that Peter Robinson was attending these talks. Owen was one of the few we know to have visited PR after Christmas when it was said PR was otherwise unavailable. Is this an indication of a growing relationship between the two, or would that just be Malliesque speculation?

  • Mc Donnell has it spot on at the botom of the Irish Times report.

    “exploiting the policing and justice crisis to play the Orange card”

    As we have had about 30 years of both Labour and Tory playing the Green card it will make for a nice change.

  • Jeff’s ‘puny’ references will endear him to supporters of the UUP and DUP. Isn’t a ‘world view’ absolutely wonderful 🙂

  • granni trixie

    Whatever happened to Jeffrey D.? Gone AWOL?

  • joeCanuck

    What happened at the meeting was that the DUP and UUP were read the riot act. They were told in no uncertain terms that if they were delaying devolution of P&J until there was a Conservative Government which would be more sympathetic to them, they were barking up the wrong tree.
    The DUP are in a bit of a sulk about this which is why the “imminent deal” has now become only a possibility.

  • joeCanuck,

    inter-continental hunch or wishful thinking?

  • Drumlins Rock

    we are a nosey lot arent we, can people not have a wee break in the country and a friendly chat these days?

  • danielmoran

    Joe Canuck. msg 5. That sounds quite plausible, joe. From the tory statement last night, they’ve no intention of humouring ideas of standing only in some seats, a l a unionist unity. [the DUP didn’t worry too much about this when they set up in ’71, then when TUV was set up, the Duppers were on TV straight away to whinge about splitting unionist vote. The UUP and Reg didn’t think this tory link up would cause a conflict of interest. Well, back to the drawing board reggie.