Sticking With It
Deaglán de Bréadún
You can’t help feeling that Blair and Bertie would have stayed in the North until a deal was done. True, Gordon Brown had important work to do in London, involving Afghanistan and Yemen and would probably have been criticised if he had remained at Hillsborough.
Presumably if Brown was leaving, Cowen could hardly stay around. Anyway, they are due back tomorrow and we’ll see what happens then. There is a creeping feeling that the Northern parties are throwing shapes in advance of the Westminster (and possibly Assembly) elections.
It’s all becoming a little tiresome. How many more decades of handholding must there be before the power-sharers find a modus vivendi?
Peter Robinson seems to have a new lease of political life. Having hit a truly low point with the Iris revelations, he now comes across on TV as if nothing had happened. Funny old game, politics.
The Sinn Féin doughnut is becoming counterproductive. They need to stop this business of clustering behind Martin McGuinness or Gerry Adams during doorstep interviews. It’s beginning to resemble the hilarious Fianna Fáil ardfheis moment when the delegates crowded around an RTE journalist like a bunch of muppets as he gave his report on the evening news. To savour the moment again, click here.