Confused? You will be.
So the great Adjourn or Not Adjourn.
So the DUP voted to Adjourn….and Sinn Féin, UUP and SDLP voted No. So….according to Robinson the whole sham would collapse because the DUP Ministers would resign. But Robbo back-tracked or so it seems. They did resign but Robbo stood aside and has placed Arlene Foster as Acting First Minister with the jibe that he couldnt trust the “nationalists and republicans as they might do something detrimental to the people of Norn Iron”.
By any standards thats an insult. The nationalists and republicans are as much people of Norn Iron as anyone else. We are not children of a lesser GOD.
So we have the bizarre situation that the Executive now comprises Arlene Foster of DUP presiding as First Minister with Martin McGuinness over an Executive of three Sinn Féin members, two Alliance and one SDLP. It is totally dysfunctional.
Talks will begin on Monday to find a way out of the mess. Or just as likely they wont take place. There is no guarantee that all parties will show up and there is no agenda.
It is openly stated (threatened) that it could take another decade before a new Agreement is found…or maybe the Assembly election scheduled for May 2016 will be brought forward. Nobody knows. Only SDLP seem committed to the Good Friday Agreement but increasingly it looks like it is terminally ill and life support could be turned off.
Probably too soon declare the Good Friday Agreement as healthy as Monty Python’s Norewegian Blue parrot…but SDLP look increasingly desperate to save it.
Meanwhile the senior “republicans” arrested yesterday have all been released.
The Norn Iron public are split between boredom (or even disgust) and tribalism.