WHILE the ministrations and machinations over policing and justice went on, the US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton touched down with much fanfare.
With the singular failure of DUP and Sinn Féin to have an agreement in place Hillary had nothing to announce or endorse, so was left to gently say, keep going, you’re all doing well…
The hints about economic investment and task forces and forums were made…but then that seems to be a regular theme when the US is involved.
This visit also saw the first live blogging of the event, Twitter updates, live coverage of the Assembly on the tele, and more comments online than for any other political event other than elections.
So, those stuck in the office were able to follow events under the catch all of ‘doing research.’ Those privileged to receive an invitation to the appearance of Hillary at City Hall were just stuck.
Yep, the schedule of the visit had been completely knocked off track by the meeting with the ministers first thing.
Now, as there was no agreement, no final cash settlement, no answers to pertinent questions, it begs the further question: what were they actually talking about?
“Was your flight okay Hillary?”
“Very fine, thank you!”
“The hotel room nice?”
“I’ve stayed there before, so yes, thank you”
“Want a coffee?”
“Yes, please – now are you boys going to play nice?”
“Yes, certainly Hillary…at least till you get on yer plane, we’ll be the very picture of statesmen!”