Robinson: “I am therefore standing aside as First Minister and other DUP Ministers will resign with immediate effect’

Peter Robinson pulls the plug on the Executive (We think);

As someone who invested many hours trying to bring devolution to Northern Ireland, and to maintain it, I have tried to create space to allow these critical unresolved matters to be dealt with in a structured manner.

Local Ministers making local decisions is best for Northern Ireland.

The failure of the SDLP and Sinn Fein to implement the Stormont House Agreement together with the assessment from the Chief Constable of the involvement of IRA members in murder, the continued existence of the IRA and the arrests that followed has pushed devolution to the brink.

Yesterday I indicated that we would ask the Business Committee to adjourn Assembly proceedings to allow negotiations to take place.  That proposal did not find sufficient support.  The Government can still legislate to suspend the Assembly and allow space for the parties to negotiate.

In light of the decision by republicans, nationalists and the UUP to continue with business as usual in the Assembly, I am therefore standing aside as First Minister and other DUP Ministers will resign with immediate effect with the exception of Arlene Foster.  I have asked Arlene to remain in post as Finance Minister and acting First Minister to ensure that nationalists and republicans are not able to take financial and other decisions that may be detrimental to Northern Ireland.

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  • Zeno

    Gerry Adams went for the street look yesterday. Red Jumper and Wranglers. That could take off. Sell the Paul Smith shares.

  • T.E.Lawrence

    “decentralisation of power to grass roots !” Interested to know how that could be achieved ?

  • James7e

    Nope. I would equate both Loyalists and the IRA with ISIS.

    Interesting that you feel in essence that unionists are always in thr wrong. One can see why unionists find nationalists so very difficult to deal with.

  • That makes me one very peculiar right wing nut who complains about austerity and the under funding of the NHS and education. The word “austerity” is just about the worst choice of word that Osborne could ever have picked as it’s given people something to hammer him over the head with. The reality is he has pushed austerity back every single year and “austerity” has become a bit of a non event when you look at overall government spending over the years.

    I don’t argue that people should have to sign up to anything, but i do believe that choices have consequences. Failure to implement modest welfare reform is costing other parts of the welfare state dearly.

    Lets devolve some tax raising powers to Stormont (if it survives), so we can make decisions here to fund a bigger state or not instead of blaming the “English masters” for not giving us the money that some believe we deserve.

  • Zig70

    The statement was carefully worded, used by Robbo and Arlene and designed to be a sectarian slur, nothing to do with normal politics. Playing to the gallery, which underlines why the whole process needs looked at on two levels. The bloated government and the hatred. Neither will be on the table.

  • barnshee

    Er they have jobs in England educated at largely the English taxpayers expense what tax revenue are they generating in NI?

  • Sergiogiorgio

    Where do you see me saying that unionists are always in the wrong? Although not a unionist, I am conservative in my views and detest the politics of socialism, and hence, Sinn Fein. I don’t even want to get started on their unreconstructed terrorist/gangsterism backgrounds. However I believe the issues we have faced, and continue to face, in Northern Ireland were borne from a unionsist hegemony, and nationalism occupies the moral high ground, that unionism can never best. Paying taxes to a government that connived with unionist overlords precipitating state sponsored murders within a nationalist minority sticks in my craw, when I listen to the holier than thou approach taken by unionists (both politicians and editors on this site). I’m ranting….I was a “taig”, a “Fenian”, branded throughout my primary years by school “friends” so excuse me if I find unionism distasteful, but not always wrong.
    Good night.

  • Sergiogiorgio

    You clown, naming someone in parliament is under privilege and cannot be tested in court, irrespective of the unproven allegation. If you are going to make these stupid statements on this site, the do some homework and don’t embarrass yourself.

  • Sergiogiorgio

    You really be are a dope – suspicion and proven fact. Go look them up on Google.

  • barnshee

    Raise the money yourself then

  • Sergiogiorgio

    Carruthers is an Uncle Tom and Maginness looks like he’s recovering from a stroke. The mainstream media has given up questioning unionist haters – queers, Muslims, taigs. No one expects any less from any of them.

  • so tired of this discussion

    Gee u are so right.Am I thick or does NAMA protection just scream through all this. Forget the plebs and protect you or own self interests,whoever they they may. Whoever you God is in in heaven heshe is crying

  • James7e

    “Generally, unionism and moral high ground are uneasy bed fellows.”

    This, to me, implies that unionists are generally wrong and nationalists generally right, whatever happens. I find that to be very silly, and very dangerous since it is that very dear belief that encourages people who know no better to vote Sinn Fein and pretend that their members haven’t been involved in murdering people in the streets. Silly and dangerous, and your experiences in Primary School in no way mitigate that.

    Have there been wrongs committed by unionists. Certainly. But to pretend nationalists have been angelic over the same time frame you are talking about is ridiculous.

  • SeaanUiNeill

    Are you familiar with Green Party proposals? Or have you read Beppe Grillo’s website/ I’m notorious for long posts on Slugger, but with some good approximations of what I’d say myself already out there, it might save my fingers if you check out the existing proposals for getting away from the inevitable oligarchy of representative “democracy”(????) yourself.

    We would perhaps be looking at systems whereby anyone who is genuinely concerned could have an ongoing direct involvement, such as the Swiss system of challenge to legislation and popular vote on such issues as are contentious. If you required office holders these would be chosen for short periods by lot, to avoid the situation whereby those who put themselves up for election are frequently the very people who want access to power for other reasons than pure public service. And, honestly, how would choose by lot forward people who are any less competent than elections in the wee six seems to produce?

  • SeaanUiNeill

    There are some snazzy Paul Smith shirts available on ebay currently:

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/like/311416891266?dest=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fitm%2F311416891266

    I can just see GA in this Liberties print……..

  • SeaanUiNeill

    I was amused by the number of “libertarians” who supported Thatcher back in the 1980s, too! But I still flick through my Kropotkin hardbacks (Allen Lane Pub) and my tattered Freedom Press editions of Emma from the sixties, finding little to disagree with as the world slides into what Marx called “the inherent contradiction within capitalism”. Pure predatory greed (even masquerading as “democracy”) simply does not work for any length of time as it will begin to consume all around it.

    There are some decent recommendations by the Green Party and by Beppe Grillo out there at present. It would be interesting if any political group ever had the opportunity to actually try them out. I doubt they would be any less functional than the nineteenth century representative system is proving to be here and everywhere.

  • Pat Mac Murphy

    There’s a first time for everything…

  • Pat Mac Murphy

    If you can’t see this as an episode of political policing and nothing more than a fishing expedition your a wee dafty.

  • Pat Mac Murphy

    Ah you mean unionists who sit with protestant unionist loyalist paramilitaries but don’t see hypocrisy of their actions..

  • James7e

    Interesting. Are Sinn Fein also hypocrites for sitting down with the IRA? Or do you consider SF and IRA to be the same thing, thus no hypocrisy involved?

  • Sergiogiorgio

    What it implies to you James unfortunately demonstrates your natural bias. You see what you want to see and hear what you want to hear. You draw your own conclusions from what others say that suit your own internal narrative and accuse people of being “silly”. Your bias is compounded by your ignorance.

  • James7e

    If you’re right, and I’m noy saying you are, that would make us both guilty of the same hypocrisy. I don’t imagine you would see it that way, of course, given that (as you stated) you feel that you eternally occupy the moral high ground.

  • Sergiogiorgio

    Not at all James. I’m not particularly interested in the moral ground. I’d be happy with the truth, the whole truth etc etc.

    Have a nice Sunday.

  • Pat Mac Murphy

    How is it accurate ? Where is the proof ? As MMcG pointed out today “Who’s agenda does it facilitate ?”

  • Pat Mac Murphy

    SF have never made any secret of their links to the PIRA… So where is the hypocrisy ?

  • James7e

    They haven’t? I thought that they were two entirely separate entities. Are you saying that SF are intrinsically linked to organized crime?

  • Pat Mac Murphy

    Your assumption the IRA is involved in ‘organised crime’ suggests you believe the IRA is an ‘operational’ organisation…. Evidence ?

  • James7e

    What do you mean by ‘operational’?

  • Pat Mac Murphy

    Are you being deliberately hard of thinking or are you a genuine wee dafty ? No matter what I say you’ll have some form of difference of opinion. What do you think ‘operational’ means ? Senior SF members have said the IRA is no more… What can you not accept about that ? or would ‘sack cloth and ashes’ be your preferred option ? As MMcG suggested to the SDLP… “Put up or shut up” or are all your opinions dictated by the vested interests of unionism/loyalism ?

  • Pat Mac Murphy

    Two entirely seperate organisations can have links…It doesn’t mean they are one organisation.

  • James7e

    Certainly. Though it is hard to ignore the status of the IRA as a veritable ‘feeder club’ to Sinn Fein, with many Sinn Fein politicos (and of course we have to assume a fair few more as were not actually caught) having served time for murder, weapons offences and the various activities of assault and intimidation associated with the IRA. Not for nothing did Mitchell McLoughlin bear the handle of ‘draft dodger’ – something (oddly) Gerry Adams was not taunted as. Worth noting also is that many, like Sean McGlinchey, are to this day proud of what they got up to. (Murder of pensioners, in his case).

  • Zeno

    lol, very good.

  • James7e

    I find it both amusing and telling that you are outraged at my failure to uncritically accept as gospel whatever Senior SF members say. I am neither a member of, nor voter for, Sinn Fein you see – so I don’t have to do that. What are they going to do – shoot me? Why, ’tis almost as if independent thinking is frowned upon. Aftee all, as a venerable Irish gent once said of Gerry Adams, “a lie wouldn’t choke him”.

    As to whether I’m a “wee dafty”: There’s an expression I’ve never once heard. What do you mean?

  • Pat Mac Murphy

    No outrage here… So I’m sure you’ll excuse my failure to uncritically accept as gospel whatever the Chief Constable and his paymasters in the DUP/UUP instruct him to say…. As for a “wee dafty” maybe you should take a lesson or two in the ‘language’ of Ulster Scots…. but it wouldn’t take a brain surgeon to work out what the translation is in the language of her mrs windsor… but maybe you are genuinely hard of thinking.