Secret talks on Unionist Unity hosted by the Orange Order, before Hatfield…

Hmmm, according to Hearts and Minds tonight… Reg Empey and Peter Robinson met at Schomberg House in Castlereagh met in December… Westminster elections were top of the list… but, surprise surprise, that little problem arising from St Andrews of Sinn Fein being the top party in the Assembly and having of right the First Minister’s job… Smart stuff, except for the fact that it drives a horse and cart through spirit of the St Andrews Agreement in a way that most of the nonsense around the devolution of Policing and Justice does not… Alex Maskey looked bemused at the idea of Danny Kennedy and Sammy Wilson being nice to each other… (Remember Sammy’s party was keeping Danny’s out of everything important just fortnight ago, before the PR wind changed…) Alex went on to allude to the ongoing political influence of the Orange Order in politics…

Footnote: According to one of Slugger’s political contacts, it was the IRA’s turn to have their say in the ongoing negotiations at Hillsborough this afternoon…

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