We’ve now had former US President George Bush Jnr [reportedly at the instigation of US economic envoy to Northern Ireland, Declan Kelly], and Ian Paisley Snr join in the campaign by, amongst others, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness and the NIO and NI Secretary of State Shaun Woodward, to try to pressurise the UUP into toe-ing the DUP/SF party line on tomorrow’s vote on devolving policing and justice powers. Nice to see old comrades working together again… To, apparently, little effect…
The Ulster Unionist executive has endorsed the party’s decision to vote against the devolution of policing and justice powers to Northern Ireland.
Adds I think it’s worth adding a comment I made below
I’ve noted the US involvement here previously.
And it has been positive at times.
Particularly when they had leverage over certain parties.
But my feeling is that, this time, they’re being mis-briefed by other players.