“You may have identified these leaders already…”

In the Irish Times Newton Emerson identifies the “six-point structured negotiating framework” of The Process™ available at “the new Conflict Transformation Initiative from the University of Portadown (Lurgan Campus).”

4. Identify Solutions
Once you have identified the leaders, the problem and the opportunities, you have already identified the solution. However, you might still need to remind the leaders to take this opportunity to solve the problem. This is where the media can be useful, because everyone enjoys stories about goats and caramel squares.

The University of Portadown’s Conflict Transformation Initiative is available now, price £10 billion. Please allow up to 28 years for delivery. Read the whole thing.

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  • Driftwood

    A bit unfair on the great men (and woman)who have spent the past month transforming our lives, and those of our children and grandchildren etc etc thanks to ‘a sense of duty’.

  • Alias

    Good stuff from Newton.

    The problem, of course, is that while it is popular for the media to claim that agreement between the two tribes will come more easily when the current crop of flawed and ‘compromised’ leaders retire, the reality is likely to be that the only reason there was any agreement at all is because they are flawed and compromised. So, far from agreement being plentiful, the underlining problem of two nations competing for control of one state remains, and agreement will be hard to reach when the State doesn’t have touts and tossers with blackmail and coerce into artificial agreement.

    Brian Walker occasionally laments for the return of personalities who agreed in the past, unwittingly underlining the point that agreement between transient leaders leads to transient agreement and is not the same thing as agreement between the people they lead.

  • Greenflag

    That’s Newt in top form πŸ™‚

    I recall that at one point in the 28 years when FG’s John Bruton was Taoiseach and was interrupted at a meeting by some Minister that if he ( Bruton) made a particular decision it would be ‘bad’ for the peace process. Bruton’s memorable if somewhat succinct reply was

    ‘Peace process what F***ing peace process’

    Uttering the words ‘peace process’ in Bruton’s presence was usually enough to give cause for colourful language from the man hisself . I could never dislike the man after that despite him being a ‘blueshirt ‘ .

    Alias ,

    Your post above 2 is well made and so true . We’ll know there is permanent peace when the people of NI agree without having to go through a 28 year route or some convoluted political arrangement which becomes an end unto itself like the eh ‘peace process’

  • FitzjamesHorse

    Not one of Mr Emersons better efforts….breath of fresh air when he started out but mostly he flattered to deceive.
    No Ian Hislop…but taller

  • So Newt isn’t the only one who has spotted the value of compromised yet to their apologists uncompromising leaders. This highlights the value of monitoring the securocrats πŸ˜‰

  • granni trixie

    Sometimes NE comes at news/issues from a fresh angle – good, but too often he loses the run of himself to let his preoccupations dictate what he writes rather than verifiable facts.

  • Granni trixie, you won’t get very far if you limit yourself to verifiable facts. Many crucial pieces of the jig-saw will inevitably be missing, been destroyed or never have existed.

  • Granni,

    Since when did a satirical column in a newspaper have to stick to verifiable facts?

  • granni trixie

    Andrew et al:I expect even a satirical column (which it very often isnt) to attempt to, overall, be fair eg he is preoccupied with certain quangos and those who lead them and so he tends to go gung ho,often getting the facts wrong. (trust Brian Feeney is not his role model).

    Put it another way – I can almost spot when some item comes up in the news that Newtown will pounce on it and what angle he will take.

    Looking forward to being surprised by him…..

  • 0b101010

    John, Patricia: Perhaps he’s not full of surprises, but I don’t see anyone else rushing to investigate, or even point out, the absurd political truths right before our noses. It’s a sad state of affairs that a lone satirist is the only one pointing out the elephants in a room full of politicians and journalists.

    It’s not hard to be suspicious about a contrived “crisis” that only came to fruition because of dirty linen being aired on the leaders of the two largest parties. Make no mistake, there would have been no round-the-clock discussions without those Swords of Damocles hanging over them. After three years, there is no other explanation for the urgency.

    Suddenly on the day after a deal was made, out of nowhere, Shaun Woodward has the gall to claim that Robinson cleared his own name? How? Where did that come from? What’s he doing sticking his oar in a matter under investigation anyway? (When will his role be abolished?)

    Actually, where’s the investigations into Iris and Peter at? How about Castlereagh Council in general? What about Selwyn Black, including his other roles? What of the progress of the arrest warrant for Liam Adams? (Amazing what hopping over an unenforced border can do.) What of the governments role in both ignoring and/or approving Liam Adams over the years?

    It would be nice if comedians (and, to be fair, Suzanne Breene) weren’t the only ones pushing the obvious and uncomfortable questions to the fore.

    It stinks.

    The intelligence community doesn’t like uncertainty. That’s what underpinned the artificial urgency.

    P+J had been used as a political MacGuffin for years for no particular purpose, but it is important to London to get as much bureaucracy devolved to Belfast as possible. They want rid. Funding the state is bad enough, but having to maintain it adds layers of pain. There was clearly a fear that the possibility of a Conservative win would be an unknown quantity for Northern Ireland, especially if their involvement with the UUP was unexpected.

    Better to apply a bit of pressure to the party memberships as a whole by threatening to lob them off at the head right before a forced election…

    The only thing I don’t understand is why this was all done so clumsily. Necessary to work as wider threat to politicians with skeletons in their own closets?

  • granni trixie

    Ob101010: Sorry,but whilst I enjoy Newtown from time to time, I just do not see him having a biting wit whcih cuts to the chase, or that he is in the role of investigative hero (infact I feel sure that he does not seek that role).

    The pattern you outline has operated in NI for years – you write as if it is something new that people are not registering?. As I have stated elsewhere on Sluggger, I feel absulutely sure that Irisgate and allegations of corrupion in Councils (plus the Adams case which also seems to fit in with delaying tactics theory) has not gone away ..watch those spaces.

  • Flip

    Must admit I am bored of Newton Emerson, he never checks the facts, tries to sensationalize everything in order to get noticed and brings nothing new to the table. I don’t disagree with his sentiments, I just think he needs to either start trying to be a journalist or a satirist, he plainly can’t be both.

  • granni trixie

    Flip: you have expressed my view better than I was able to.