This is for context and meaning. The extent to which Adams’ statement signals a significant political failure, can be measured by its distance from how Martin and Arlene pitched their joint mission on 13th September (when all the ‘shocking’ detail of RHI was fully in the public domain):
“We have a good story to tell of a united Executive team making good on its promises to the electorate. Ministers are absolutely determined to work collectively to deliver Government that makes a positive difference to people’s lives. This is what a Fresh Start looks like.”
A right old mess.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty