Friday, 5 March 2010

Voting for Confidence

The four Tenors sing
'El Agreemento del HIllsborough'
THERE is an air of confidence pervading over the forthcoming vote on policing and justice. Both First and deputy First Ministers seem content that they can achieve sufficient cross-community and cross-party support to win the day.

The DUP has done the maths about whether they really need the UUP as a signifier of community confidence. And with the Tory hierarchy leaning towards the devolution of policing and justice, it seems that pressure may be brought to bear for an abstention at least.

Factor in that the SDLP are on the proverbial horns of a dilemma. They want devolution of policing and justice in principle, but can’t be seen as too close to Sinn Féin. There may again be an abstention – or a huff over not getting the job!

In other words, if it comes to a vote the DUP and Sinn Féin are pretty confident!

Party grandees may not, however, be quite as confident about the Westminster election if either side is seen as not being able to deliver!

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