That whole Haass thing. The LetsGetAlongerists have been confounded…again.
They have had a bad couple of years.
In 2011, Alliance party gained more power than their mandate deserved? Yet have not actually done anything “progressive” (as the LetsGetAlongerists claim to be). Indeed they have facilitated the DUP-Sinn Fein carve-up.
The Alliance Party is actually a disappointment to the broader LetsGetAlongerist tribe.
UUP continues to be in melt down and NI21, Conservatives are all crowding the liberal unionist “middle ground”.
Haass produced nothing and at least for now the aspirations of academics to get their arses on a Flegs Commission or Truth Commission have been de-railed.
Yet …Flegs, Parades and even the Past….dont seem that important.
So what’s next for LetsGetAlongerists? Well they are talking about a Civic Forum…again.
I like Democracy. Even the flawed version in Norn Iron. I like Manifesto and Mandate.
My gut feeling is that an appointed Civic Forum undermines an elected Assembly.
The advocates of Civic Forum say that an alternate forum provides blue sky thinking, strategic thinking that those dependent on an electoral cycle.
Seductive….but effectively the academics who advocate this are talking about people like themselves….academics, lobbyists, clergy, women, trade unionists…..but only of course the RIGHT KIND ….LetsGetAlongerists.
Is that the next step.
Will LetsGetAlongerists move further away from Democracy…by calling for the suspension of Stormont and call for a Conmission from the Golden Halo of Do-Goodery.
There are I suspect a few of Norn Irons highly political centre ground people who would love to emulate Mr Quisling.