Fever pitch at Stormont…

David Gordon has a piece on the feverish speculation over the fate of the Robinsons that’s got Stormont in a tizzy. After a day and a half of looking for the cause, I’ve come up with little that’s fit to report, other than the speculation revolves around a Spotlight (not Panorama as previously reported) programme scheduled in two weeks. But no one, and I stress no one, I have spoken knows what’s planned for that programme. What we do know …

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How can Shaun Woodward speak of possible success being just around the corner?

Shaun Woodward who is coming back to Northern Ireland later today wants an urgent meeting with Peter Robinson. Officials in the Northern Ireland Office are in touch with sources close to Mr Robinson to try to arrange a meeting. A spokesman for Peter Robinson has said his boss is remaining at home this week attending to family matters. The government is in a race against time to try and establish if the DUP leader has any intention of convincing Martin …

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Is Robinson feeling the pressure..?

THE DUP finally released a statement yesterday from Peter Robinson on the death of Cardinal Daly – about two-and-a-half days after the former Primate’s death. It’s carried in full below the fold. Those who remember the Robinson email published on Slugger some time ago will be aware of how badly he takes criticism, and will spot the similarities; again Robbo feels he must respond to criticism in massive detail, and blames everyone else (particularly the Press) for his lack of …

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Battle for the Robinson succession in Strangford…

Jim Wells will be among the DUP candidates throwing his hat in the ring to replace Iris Robinson as Strangford MP. Mrs Robinson made it known over Christmas she is quitting public life on health grounds. Now the jockeying for the Strangford seat at Westminster starts. Iris Robinson put in place one of the most ruthless party machines in any constituency and returned four members to the Northern Ireland Assembly. It is expected that a sizeable field of runners will …

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