Monday, 5 October 2009

Anticipa Balotado?

With speculation that Sinn Fein will force an election on the Assembly, let's pull back from the argument that they will use as a springboard and consider their options.

That argument is that the DUP is hesitant to allow the devolution of policing and justice powers to the Assembly.

Martin McGuinness has defined the problem more starkly by saying that he does not, in fact, have a working relationship with First Minister Peter Robinson....

...Certainly, if Sinn Fein takes the First Minister's post it will want to flaunt its success and make Northern Ireland look a lot more Irish.

Expect it to seek an early referendum on Irish unity, for instance. Anticipation of that will set the unionists in a right flurry during an election campaign.

Yet, Sinn Fein as top dog may find that securing its dream goals, like an Irish Language Act, will be no easier then than it is now, given that it will always need to secure the agreement of a unionist partner, even a junior partner.

The current rumour in Stormont is that Sinn Fein will force an election after Christmas...

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