Poots has purged Foster’s old team and nominated an ex-spad as First Minister. These do not suggest confidence.
Posts Tagged: Northern Ireland Executive
Henry Hill: Why Foster’s exit most likely signals an even harder line against the Protocol from the DUP
A united front against the sea border might be their best chance – regardless of the headaches it causes in Dublin, Brussels, or London.
Also: true scale of the Irish Protocol’s impact on commerce, and Stormont’s ‘rank incompetence’, show how Ulster unionism needs a refresh.
It may prove easier to maintain coordination when imposing the rules than easing them, especially if regional variegation is called for.
Also: schools and businesses shut down across the nation; DUP slammed in ‘cash-for-ash’ report; and Salmond’s trial continues.
It’s deeply disturbing for many that a modern European democracy might shortly be led by a party that continues to have its strategy overseen by an Army Council.
Henry Hill: New decade, old story? Smith’s Stormont deal under fire from Tory MPs and Ulster parties
Also: Scottish Conservative leadership candidates set out how they’ll take the fight to the SNP; Jack says no referendum re-run in Sturgeon’s lifetime.
Giving Northern Ireland a say over the introduction of new EU laws would at least introduce a measure of democracy into the system.
Lee Reynolds: What the Belfast Agreement does and doesn’t say about the UK-Ireland land border – and much else
It doesn’t support the EU and Irish Government narratives that are being pushed as part of the Brexit negotiations.
Also: Government accused of ‘appeasing the IRA’ over Ulster veterans; Welsh Labour leadership hopefuls in data row; and DUP urge end to Stormont boycott.
The people and locally-elected politicians must decide. Bradley’s letter to Tory MPs on abortion in Northern Ireland. Full text.
“What is clear however is that even amongst proponents of reform there is currently no consensus on what that reform should entail.”
Evidence is mounting that the Assembly simply doesn’t – and perhaps can’t – deliver good government consistently. But the deal which founded it is treated as holy writ.
Even if the DUP and Sinn Fein could persuade their communities to back the compromises necessary, they have not done so.
Also: May wades into Scottish flag row; Liberal Democrat accused of costing taxpayers thousands to prop up Jones; and DUP dismiss legal threat to £1 billion deal.
Hammond tries to lure Stormont back to its feet with yet more powers; Scots Tories highlight Budget role; and more.