Phony war over First Minister title begins…

There’s an awful lot of flurrying over Martin McGuinness’ (deputy with a small ‘d’ First Minister) apparent offer to ‘consider’ sharing the office of First Minister, should he come through in first place in May’s poll. It should be noted it that is possible for Sinn Fein to achieve that, if they pick up every target they have, but it is unlikely… Anyway, here’s his interview for UTV:

And here’s the companion dismissal from Arlene Foster…

As Mark Devenport points out, since Sinn Fein has already had the opportunity to tinker with legislation to allow some sort of amelioration of the term ‘deputy’… and declined…

Big word ‘consider’… Another negotiation point to throw into the next Assembly’s legislative programme? If so, what would be the price? Compulsory Irish in every school in Northern Ireland? Aye, maybe when we’ve sorted out selection.

Or is it, I dare ask, just more pre-election phony war?

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