Thursday 23 February 2017

David McKittrick: Scandal pushes peace process into major crisis

David McKittrick

First Minister Peter Robinson leaves the DUP headquarters in Belfast after a press conference yesterday
First Minister Peter Robinson leaves the DUP headquarters in Belfast after a press conference yesterday

WHICHEVER course the extraordinary saga of the dysfunctional family Robinson takes, the peace process is heading for a crisis of major proportions, causing nightmares in Dublin, London and Washington.

It is highly unlikely that Peter Robinson will survive the turmoil generated by his family, the most likely outcome being that he will be swept from office in Belfast's biggest ever political scandal.

Even if he should somehow manage to cling on, he will continue to be dogged by the lurid tales of his wife's inappropriate sexual and financial appetites. He will always maintain that he did nothing wrong -- but he has admitted that she had an affair, and cuckolds lack authority.

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