Friday, 30 July 2010

Let’s all be nice to each other

IN another remarkable decision to actually do a wee bit of work the DUP, Sinn Féin power axis managed to finally publish the public consultation on its Programme for Cohesion, Sharing and Integration.

However, one must be careful to actually see this as a Government proposal.

One might suspect that there is a consensual programme of activity around the massive cabinet table that has 16 Ministers making up a Government of sorts.

But this, like the many other things that occasionally come forward around touchy topics such as the Maze is in reality a proposal by the de facto Government of DUP and Sinn Féin.

The other parties in the coalition of unequals, carp about any decision that DUP and Sinn Féin make, with the best that can ever be hoped for ‘a guarded welcome’.

This could cause one to become cynical, but then again there be an election ahead for the Assembly, not to mention the forthcoming UUP leadership contest.

Would it be too much to hope for that once next year’s elections are concluded, everyone will just get along, get some work done, and come up with actual decisions? Probably too much to hope for, but as Jon Bon Jovi said, if you’re living on a prayer, you’re halfway there…

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