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 Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness during their ‘Chuckle Brothers’ days

Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness during their ‘Chuckle Brothers’ days

Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness during their ‘Chuckle Brothers’ days

Gerry Adams is right. The decision by the DUP to seek the exclusion of Sinn Fein from the Northern executive in response to claims that the IRA is still in business is indeed "self-serving".

Watching the unionists stand in front of Stormont and tell the gathered media how appalled they were to discover the IRA hadn't retired was a bit like seeing Captain Renault shut down Rick's Bar in Casablanca. "I'm shocked to find that gambling is going on in here," he declares, before a man runs up to him with a handful of money. "Your winnings, sir."


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