Am I jumping the gun a little? Perhaps, but my thanks to Hoboroad for sending me a link detailing TV Mike’s speech yesterday at a UUP conference where he went on to lament a few things they signed up to:
‘We have to stand up … we will have to learn to apologise for (our party’s) part in that.‘
Nesbitt’s speech hasn’t gotten much further attention over on BBC NI’s site or at the Newsletter, probably as he is a beleaguered leader and maybe the last leader of the much and rightly maligned UUP. Further, while he’s at it and now that he’s making apologies for things the UUP have done in the past I’m wondering will we hear him talk about what the party was up to from say 1910 to 1970? I’m being generous, I know.
The crowning glory of bringing some kind of stability to the North and the leader of a party that was its primary signatory is suffering from buyers remorse? Or preparing the ground to join up with Robbo and the others who left the UUP over signing the GFA, like Jeffrey and Arlene say? Is this part of the courtship and a big inter-unionist apology? We’ll see.
Meanwhile, First Minister Peter Robinson is calling for a boycott of the Irish News, why? Who knows. Probably because they’ve been asking questions about him and his travels to the States and lovely Brazil. Is there not something perverse about a states man calling for a boycott of a paper not to his liking? It just strikes as a desperate measure but then as Alex Kane has noted, he does seem to be particularly annoyed with life and his work in general:
‘SERIOUSLY, what is going on with Peter Robinson at the moment? Everything and everyone seems to be irritating him.’
I know, right? What’s eating Robbo?
‘For the first time in a very long time Peter Robinson looks and sounds uncomfortable: no longer in control of the political agenda. He has a well-deserved, hard-earned reputation as a very canny political operator.
At the moment, though, everything he does looks terribly old hat and depressingly kneejerk.’
Well, he isn’t in great form and he’s not had much in the way of good news since…I can’t remember. What with the flags debate, poor economic growth, being challenged by Wullie Frazier and now it would appear that even the Unionist Forum is not going too well either:
‘Grand Chaplain the Rev Mervyn Gibson said the body set up by Peter Robinson and Mike Nesbitt to tackle issues underpinning unionist discontent is not being properly resourced or administered.’
Uh oh, what’s going on guys? I thought the forum was going to solve all alleged problems with working class unionists, I would hate to hear that the hopes of some have been raised needlessly and that the forum was just a talking shop designed to give the illusion of trying to solve a problem in the vain hope it’ll just go away given time.
So, like I’ve said before, the GFA is over, what do you think will follow it because one side really appears to be doing all in its power to bury it as quick as possible.