Monday, May 22, 2006

First Minister first time around?

Gerry Adams is set to nominate Ian Paisley today as First Minister of Northern Ireland. Although obviously a political move, Adams is showing he's doing all he can to implement the GFA, and I have to applaud him for that. Paisley, it seems, is set on saying 'no'.
 
Unionists have to move into the positive or face being sidelined by the two governments and, worse, world opinion. Whether or not Gerry Adams used to command terrorists, as some contend, his electoral mandate, and that of his party, is undeniable. The days of paternalistic Unionist hegemony are gone for ever.
 
Has the Democratic Unionist Party really embraced democracy? We'll see this afternoon.

3 Comments:

At 5:28 p.m., Blogger Gnarles said...

The DUP will work towards devolved government in Northern Ireland, but only in such a time and in such a form that is acceptable to Unionists.

 
At 11:27 a.m., Blogger pakman said...

What's so democratic about enforced coalition without an opposition and giving the voters no opportunity to eject an unpopular government?

 
At 12:34 p.m., Anonymous Tony said...

Sadly they have not embraced democracy. Never will either until this veto, that(is not a God given right BTW) hinders any progress is gone. Does Gnarles consider the tyranny of the majority to be acceptable? If so, at such a time as there is a majority Nationalist consensus will he support this also.

 

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