Stinging riposte from Peter Robinson on the huge volume of criticism he’s got for not sign up to the agreement that wasn’t agreed…
“It says an awful lot if the two nationalist parties are jumping up and down ready to sign up to a deal but no unionist is prepared to go with it,” said Northern Ireland’s first minister.
“That indicates that it wasn’t a balanced final output, but there are many elements of the Haass proposals that are acceptable.
“We accept the broad architecture that’s laid down there but some of the detail needs to be resolved.”
Mr Robinson added: “The job of Martin McGuinness and Sinn Fein or Alasdair McDonnell and the SDLP is not to reach an agreement with Richard Haass, it’s to reach an agreement with unionists.
Ouch! Notice the lack of talk these days of the ‘indigenous deal’ brought to us by none other than, erm, the DUP and Sinn Fein… At what point do they become accountable for their own failure to actually work said deal?
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