Friday 23 June 2017

Yes, we are all Mexicans now

Martin McGuinness announcing his resignation as deputy First Minister
Martin McGuinness announcing his resignation as deputy First Minister
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

Sinn Fein clearly feel they could do pretty well in a Northern election right now. According to the Shinners, the people need to have their say. Which makes you wonder if Sinn Fein have been following politics recently.

If the last year or two has taught us anything it's that while the people having their say is all very well in principle, it can tend to backfire. Before Sinn Fein get too excited about an election they should possibly talk to David Cameron. He thought the people should have their say. And then Sinn Fein should possibly speak to those very people, the Brits who had their say. Many of them were not too happy with what they said, and almost immediately they wanted to take it back and have their say again, and this time they would be saying: 'No, actually, let's not plunge ourselves into a nightmare.'

Already, Sinn Fein are learning that triggering a political crisis in the North is not what it used to be. In previous times, this kind of thing would have led to a flurry of activity from the US, the UK and Dublin, as Mammy and Daddy clamoured to come in and stop the children fighting. But Mammy and Daddy have their own problems now, and everybody is a bit tired of the personalised bickering that passes for politics up North.

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