Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Northern Ireland Assembly

I will let others blog with more informed opinions about yesterday's events in Northern Ireland. As an Englishman, I don't think I really have anything helpful to say one way or the other.

To be honest, I have big trouble with the all-new cuddly Ian Paisley and computing the idea that he is seen as a fraud by some sections of the unionist community. Is anyone seriously suggesting that this guy has given up his views - very strongly held for 40 years or more - simply to hold the reins of power in the First Minister's office?

As I hold a low opinion of the man, I suppose anything is possible. On this side of the water we can only hope that bitter enemies will grow to be wise leaders.

BTW, couldn't they have thought of a better name for the thing? Assembly sounds like a bunch of schoolkids being forced to sit still and sing ancient hymns in a dusty hall

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Blogger Karin said...

Can't say Paisley is my favourite guy either, Joe, and his motives may be very selfish but then McGuinness is no saint. It seems a very hopeful thing to me, though, as I have blogged.

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