4/01/2006

Deadline set for executive

I see that the stakes have been raised in the NI assembly poker game and we are entering the end game with a deadline having been set of November 24th after which point the assembly will be scrapped if a power sharing executive has not been formed.

This is all well and good and I think November is an acceptable deadline. I have no doubt that the DUP are going to do everything in their power to try to delay and subvert the process. That is their right, however the governments should be very clear with the DUP and inform them that if they are unwilling to share power with the democratically elected representatives of Nationalism, then there will still be power sharing but it will be shared between the British and Irish governments.

Belfast Rule or London/Dublin rule. You decide, Ian. Either's fine by me.

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