Maurice Hayes: North stand-off rooted in lack of mutual respect
Published 01/02/2010 | 05:00
INCH by inch, row by row, that is how the talks do go (or 'go now', depending on how you think 'row' should be pronounced).
The parties have laboured long into the night for most of the week, and will reconvene today. The coded messages from both sides on the adjournment were cautiously optimistic.
The gap between DUP and Sinn Fein, we were told, had almost closed, with the implication that settlement was near.