Foster hits a Good Friday Agreement nerve…

Another string to add to the First Minister’s bow.

By proceeding with today’s statement to the Assembly, without the consent of the deputy First Minister, the First Minister is arguably in breach of the Ministerial Code’s Pledge of Office. This states that she must:

“observe the joint nature of the office of First Minister and deputy First Minister.”

By making a speech unagreed by McGuinness the First Minister has undermined the jointery of the Executive office and the principle of equality that lies at the heart of that office. It has hit a Good Friday Agreement nerve:

Mick is right to say that it was agreed by both Ministers to make a statement in principle. However if the content of the speech is not agreed, as it wasn’t, she did not have the authority to speak in that capacity.

It is indicative of a DUP approach of trying to ride roughshod over the other parties including Sinn Féin. How much more will they tolerate?

Colum Eastwood was right to say that Christmas would not save the First Minister.

Arlene Foster, it seems, now has time to reflect until January. Sinn Féin MLAs are still making clear that she needs to stand aside before an investigation

If she doesn’t Sinn Féin has to follow through with their ‘grave consequences’ warning.

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  • Zig70

    ‘Hey Jimmy’



    ‘for god sake burn it down’.

  • Gopher

    I see we have no shortage of apologists in Northern Ireland perhaps the opening poster can shed light on the Quid pro quo that saved the ex mayor and gave him the platform to begin the “it was all Johnnies fault” in a totally unrelated enquiry. Whilst one does not know all the nuances of standing orders though one deeply suspects the relationship to the speaker and his affiliated party played a part one does know the opening poster has some neck to pass comment on anyone abusing the position of chair for political gain. It seems slugger may have a shill problem

  • Brian Walker

    Well Mr McKay you should know better than I but I bet you the Executive parties will stitch up an inquiry deal and Arlene doesn’t ” step aside”. See my fantasy Arlene speech for an alternative. But even that will not be necessary. Would SF benefit from an emergency election to.punish the DUP even if some are complaining that the DUP are walking all over them? What other sanctions do they have? Think about it .

  • Bad Al

    Bring back direct rule: now.

  • Katyusha

    Would SF benefit from an emergency election to.punish the DUP even if some are complaining that the DUP are walking all over them?

    Yes. First to dump the DUP below the level required to raise a POC.
    Secondly to save face amongst their own support. Honestly, it’s more dangerous for their vote if they don’t pull the plug.

    Arlene will have to go, at least temporarily, while any inquiry is taking place. The Executive has no credibilityif she can hang on to her position despite being investigated for squandering the ludicrous amounts of money that the RHI scheme will cost us through sheer incompetence.

  • Kevin Breslin

    I think the scheme was closed before Mairtin became finance minister.

  • Kevin Breslin

    Believe it or not the NIO have done worse as Newton Emerton explains.

  • anon

    Play the ball, not the man.

  • Jollyraj

    Perhaps she’ll end up writing for Slugger, too. Goodness knows it would improve the gender balance.

  • ted hagan

    The purpose of any independent inquiry will be to get to the bottom of the cash for scandal, not specifically to investigate Arlene Foster. As long as a proper inquiry is established I don’t see why Foster should stand aside.

  • Dreary Steeple

    ‘it’s more dangerous for their vote if they don’t pull the plug’. Indeed we are living in strange times. Last night I was paying my bills and at one stop in the company of SF voters who I kid you not who are disgusted with their representatives this week for not getting in there, if the shoe was on the other foot would the duppers lay off. But my biggest shock came next ‘Jim Allister is the only man up there not scared to take the bastards on’ Strange times indeed.

  • AntrimGael

    I have NEVER seen as much disillusionment and apathy within the Northern Nationalist community as there is currently. They feel that they are NOT being represented politically or culturally by either Sinn Fein or the SDLP and that right wing, sectarian Unionism is STILL the main driving force within the Stormont Executive. Sinn Fein especially have been a massive let down as they appear content to be humiliated on a daily basis by the DUP within the political institutions. There used to be principles, stomach and determination NOT to be second class that drove the Nationalist community, it’s gone now.