Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Avoiding the phrase "I told you so" ....

Martina Purdy’s commentary on yesterday’s events at Stormont neatly echoes some of the recurring themes of this blog.

The underlying tensions which threaten to destabilise the executive as real issues are broached have been evident to anyone with even a marginal interest in events at Government Buildings. Although why the DUP are actually taking issue with Margaret Ritchie’s withdrawal of funding to the UPRG is another matter.

The structural difficulties alluded to have been a stable of recent posts also. However the most interesting point raised is in the conclusion to the article. If ministers are not hamstrung by the unworkable inefficiencies of collective responsibility, do the DUP’s claims that they made fundamental changes to the 1998 Agreement to prevent unilateral action by ministers justified?

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