Robinson living in a fantasy world

Peter Robinson must be still knocking out; sorry, knocking back the cooking Sherry with Iris.

In an "inspirational" speech he has called for a drastic overhaul of the Assembly's voting rules and an end to community designation also known as Unionist Rule.

Martin McGuinness accused the first minister of returning from his Florida holiday suffering from sunstroke and spending "too much time at Disneyland".

“Peter Robinson’s comments do not represent the Office of First and Deputy First Minister.

The speech made by Mr Robinson is symptomatic of the mixed messages emanating from the DUP over recent times. In my view Peter Robinson is making the same mistakes that David Trimble made in the past; I have stated previously that Peter must not succumb to continually looking over his shoulder in fear of Jim Allister and those within his own party who are opposed to equality and partnership. The present process presents challenges for all of us, however there remains those within the DUP who have deep rooted opposition to equality and partnership government.

It is not surprising that these new proposals emerge in the wake of Sinn Fein becoming the largest party following the European elections. The very fact that Peter’s remarks are in themselves confused and uncertain, in that he advocates a 65% vote in the Assembly, yet unanimity at the Executive, goes some way in highlighting just where the DUP are currently at in relation to moving the process of delivery forward.

Peter’s proposals appear to be some attempt to create the conditions where other parties can gang up on Sinn Féin, that will not be allowed to happen.

The propositions expressed by the DUP leader are fantasy politics.

The rights and safeguards secured under the Good Friday Agreement cannot and will not be changed, these safeguards are a fundamental part of the Agreement and the institutions that flow directly from it and they are here to stay. The people of Ireland overwhelming endorsed these arrangements at referendum and it is ludicrous to suggest they are in some way undemocratic; they were negotiated for because they were and are necessary."

I agree entirely.

The reason that we need to have these voting systems in place is because Unionists are not yet house trained in equality and respect for those outside their community.

The Irish Language Act is a prime example of this. This was agreed at St Andrew's yet as soon as the DUP get their hands on the levers of power they renege on the deal.

The devolution of Policing and Justice is another example of how the DUP's word can not be trusted.

There will be no return to Unionist Rule! Robinson must think we are stupid! The last time I checked Turkey's didn't vote for Christmas.

These safeguards are in place because of decades of Unionist misrule, they will not be removed!

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