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Power-Sharing Talks Collapse At Stormont
Someone needs to go over to Belfast and knock some heads together......Mo Mowlem would have done it.
Perhaps we should ask for our money back....you know, that £10B that May bribed them with last year ?
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This has no place in politics: there is no way Sinn Fein and the DUP will ever come to an accommodation on this.
The only resolution I can see is for the Irish language question to be put in the hands of an independent body and for them to report back. There are other issues too of course but that is the main one it seems.
Do you seriously think Theresa May is going to threaten the DUP?!
Your comments are niave and ignorant.
From appearances the DUP seem to have scuppered an agreement on a flimsy pretext. They will not recognise the Irish language in Northern Ireland. Despite the fact that many in the community speak it.
In the rest of the UK, Scottish, Welsh and even Cornish gaelic are recognised, used and promoted.
The DUP Will not make an agreement to share devolved power in Northern Ireland because it feels culturally threatened by people speaking the Irish language.
I am getting a bit fed up with that lot over there....there are quite happy to take any extra funding for NI, but seem unable to get their heads around a simple problem.
My comments about knocking heads together still stands. If the politicians at Stormont want to be taken seriously than they should start behaving like normal, civilised people.
Is it any wonder that the province is being ruled by Civil Servants ?
And much as I am a fan of the Irish language having dual language signage everywhere is plain daft. I do sympathise with a lot of the objections.
However as I said earlier the language should not be an issue here. Somehow it needs to be taken out of the discussions.
It was hilarious early seeing Owen Jones reminding us Labour was the party which brokered the Good Friday agreement. It seems the evil Tony Blair still has his used although the name wasn’t mentioned. IRA sympathiser Corbyn to go to sweet talk the Shinners in the name peace? Even Owen saw that that was a nonstarter
Northern Ireland is similar to what East Germany was up to around 1990, an artificial state without real legitimacy.
I would like to know what % of the population of NI can speak Irish and what % speak it as their 1st language. Anybody know?
They argued amongst other things about "francophone cultural imperialism seeking to impose the Gallic language in Flanders."
If it was all peace and prosperity they would lose out to the more moderate and saner parties.
It was in the paramilitaries interests for there to be decades of crazily high unemployment and desperate poverty, because they wanted an angry, disgruntled population they could exploit for their own ends
A return to violence is not in anyone's interests, least of all the politicians.
You might think that the more "moderate" parties would prosper in a peaceful environment, but the fact that the two main parties are Sinn Fein and the DUP is living proof that they haven't. Only when those two parties were forced to cooperate was the Good Friday agreement finally cemented. The reason this is the case is because certain issues in N Ireland are so divisive. Like the ones currently dividing the parties. Those issues won't go away no matter who is in power.
The people of NI should realise that they have far more in common, than they have that divided them, and they should also just get on with their lives.
I had the good fortune to meet Mo Mowlem many years ago. I asked her if she wouldn't mind confirming the story about her, that when, in those endless meetings she had with the two sides, when she got really peed off with them all, she would take her wig off and throw into the corner and tell them, in very Anglo-Saxon language, that they could go and get stuffed !
She happily confirmed the story and went on to tell me that she did indeed tell the Reverend Ian Paisley that he could f-off once in a while.
Because Theresa needs the DUP to be a quiescent as possible, she is unlikely to be as firm as Mo was.
We need another Mo, IMHO