“And the entire political system will focus on its concerns…”

Agh, caught like a thief in the night. And I thought I’d got away with not writing about the first day of the talks at Stormont, or the thrilling events at the DFP committee. Actually I tell a lie, I thought we had.

Over on the Slugger Facebook page we had the video of yesterday morning’s ruck in the afternoon. And I thought Brian closed down all necessary comment with his Mr PotatoHead rendering of the honorable member for East Antrim’s plastic spat with the member for North Antrim…

That was about the time the DUP reverted to stereotype and refused to meet Charlie Flanagan the new Ministerial head buck at the Irish Department for Foreign Affairs. My only public comment on that so far has been a unrepeatable response to Eamon’s tweet on the matter.

Then the collective car crash which was The View debate last night. My strongest memory of that was Alasdair being repeatedly told to wait his turn whilst the big boys of Sinn Fein and the DUP had had their proper say, then finally getting in a spake and the only memorable thing I heard was sorry, sorry, sorry.

Ironically the strongest contribution came from Danny Kennedy who repeated the most painful truism of the night, ie that the voters already hold ‘us’ in contempt and this nonsense debate is only going to make it worse.

In the middle of all of that was a real story about how some politicians handle rape allegations.

But no worries, Newton Emerson has almost everything else covered..

What did I miss Squint?

 

  • $33309652

    “.That was about the time the DUP reverted to stereotype and refused to meet Charlie Flanagan the new Ministerial head buck at the Irish Department for Foreign Affairs. My only public comment on that so far has been a unrepeatable response to Eamon’s tweet on the matter….”

    There was the spectacle of Fianna Failures Mehole Martin outside Leinster House giving an interview with a belfast Girl ( her name escapes me at present )

    Do Unionists regard this as Dublin interference in the “internal affairs ” of the Wee 6 aka 17 % Ireland?
    Poor Unionists probably don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
    What do I expect when they have such false ideology.
    Still nevermind eh?

  • Comrade Stalin

    Maybe the Irish government should concrete over the Boyne heritage centre and build a big shopping centre there, and perhaps even a new practice ground for the RoI football team. Then cancel all the funding for road building projects within NI, and ensuring that the next time Unionist councillors from Larne show up in Dublin to ask for funding for the A8 that they are told where to go.

    I’m sure not a single unionist would object to the internal decisions of the Irish government within its own jurisdiction.

  • barnshee

    Be careful of what you wish— The Larne residents would approve if the entire ROI was concreted over

  • barnshee

    I think DUPERS have failed to explain their position clearly to those they contact in the ROI
    Part of this probably stems from the influence of religion and an unwillingness/inability to express themselves other than formally.

    What they need is someone (Say Wullie Frazer) to take the appropriate ROI official aside and say (ahem) Foxtrot Oscar and sort out your own pigpen first

  • $33309652

    LOL..Now that would be a funny sight indeed.
    You make a good point. I hope you get some response from unionists who you might have made to think.

    In my view I could happily concrete over the Boyne IF that meant they would bring back Wood Quay and get rid of those council offices in Inner city Dublin.
    Apart from the fact that Vikings are more of interest to the world than unionists. I think it was a grave mistake of the Irish not to perserve it.
    Besides Wood quay If it had of been preseved would have been a real unique site perhaps even the best example of a viking settlement in the world, maybe? Vikings are better tourist draw than unionists. despite all those lodges from Ghana booking up at the flights to drop in on the Twalfth!!!!!!!!!!