Did you see that Northern Ireland Secretary of State Shaun “Where’s my butler”? Woodward has ruled out suspending the NI Assembly if the current problems cannot be sorted out by the New Year. Shock Horror!!!
He said after the St Andrews Agreement, he did not have the power to do so and was not considering creating the power. The DUP and Sinn Fein have been arguing for months over the transfer of justice powers from London to Belfast.
Actually, this misses the point. The reason that DUP/IRA are struggling to get the sordid deal on Policing and Justice is because the DUP is running scared of the electoral consequences.
Let’s be honest – Robinson and the gang would do a deal with their pal Marty tomorrow morning were it not for the shadow cast by Jim Allister’s TUV. The DUP has abandoned any pretence of principled politics and prefers to collude with IRA/Sinn Fein to corrupt the rule of law by having a Policing and Justice Ministry dominated by the will of the IRA.