Adjornment or suspension, the SDLP gets a chance to drink from ‘the poisoned chalice of peace’, once again…

Lots of Twitter action when the Fianna Fail leader referred to a suspension of the institutions on Newstalk Lunchtime, when in fact he’s outlining qualified support for the DUP motion to adjourn the business of the Assembly rather suspending the Assembly indefinitely.

So here’s a quick attempt to clarify the terms:

Adjournment is in the gift of the Business Committee at Stormont. It stops the business of the Assembly, and all its committees, but retains the institutions and ensures that those parties still left inside the Executive can continue in their jobs (minus the oversight of the Assembly).

It’s not popular. Last week only the DUP and the Alliance Party were in favour. Sinn Fein, the SDLP and the UUP all voted against it.

Suspension is different. In the face of a threat by the DUP to plunge Stormont into the dark by calling for the Secretary of State to put the Assembly and all the institutions into by introducing legislation at Westminster. This is the supposed ‘ten year route back’.

In Dublin the two main parties have reluctantly swung in behind the DUP’s move for an adjournment, putting pressure on the SDLP to cede to the lesser of the two forms of action. It certainly won’t be thanked for it, least of all by SF.

But if it and the UUP do abstain the initial crisis at least comes to an end.

  • Ernekid

    If the DUP resign from the executive what’s stopping SF SDLP and the Alliance party carrying on without them?

  • kensei

    No First Minister which triggers elections. Adjournment will lead to the same place by a slower path, in all likelihood.

    The SDLP should grow a set. When has acceding to the governments wishes ever helped them?

  • Mirrorballman

    SDLP vote no. Does that mean we are going to the polls?

  • gendjinn

    Elections north & south in November then?

  • Sergiogiorgio

    More grinning gobs**tes on telegraph polls. We’ve only just taken down the last lot of clowns.

  • Zeno

    Stormont crisis live updates: Peter Robinson steps aside as First Minister
    Arlene Foster will remain as finance minister and will be acting First Minister in the interim

    Can anyone smell fudge?

  • Zig70

    Won’t be thanked by SF? Won’t be thanked by their core vote which is far more important. FF’s analysis is off gain. Some republican party.

  • Zig70

    After we get another agreement with folk painted into corners and no public mood for them to make good. 10yrs might not be far off

  • Barneyt

    Did anybody watch News-night…Mr Blunt, the Chair of the foreign affairs select committee was being grilled about the conduct of Saudi Arabia in the Yemen conflict. He was pressed on several matters, such as arms supply and inevitably about the oddity of the allied relationship in both directs between the UK and SA.

    Mr Blunt talked of shades of grey, and politics is not always black and white. He then said, imagine if the existing Saudi Arabian government collapsed…..imagine the vacuum that would be created and whom would occupy it…..

    Is that a reflection of lesser evil politics that reflects both British foreign policy and the hybrid version administered over here…which I am sure they also see as foreign…