What a mess.
- The NIO produced another one of those funny polls which ‘prove’ yet again that the government-sanctioned outcome was correct all along.
- A bunch of US Congressmen with Irish nationalist sympathies have written a crass and stupid letter which claims that a ‘no vote by the UUP is a direct rejection of their hopes for peace and stability’.
- Ex-president George Bush has been produced to strong arm Cameron, and Hillary Clinton is produced to strong arm Reg.
- Shaun Woodward links the vote to the anniversary of the death of Stephen Carroll (while his credibility is questioned over the policy on OTRs).
- Gerry Adams again refers to P&J as a staging post (to a united Ireland?).
- The Deputy First Minister loses the run of himself, calls the UUP an anti-agreement party then ejects them from a meeting.
In truth, this was a difficult deal for the UUP to endorse. How could they not have reservations about it when they did not negotiate any of it?
But set that discomfort to one side, how much more difficult has the carnival of nincompoops made it for the UUP?
Align the appalling scenario facing the UUP with the hysterical stupidity of those who would demand their trust. Is it so unbelievable that the UUP said no? How do you just ‘wing it’ under these circumstances? How do you abdicate the views of your party and supporters to the ambition of an ludicrous apparatchik like Shaun Woodward?
It seems everyone is lining up to blame the UUP for it all going wrong. No. If we’re all honest, the dissolution toward chaos began long before this.
The incompetence and self-interest that normally resides beneath has instead bubbled up to the surface. And the UUP has said they aren’t persuaded by cock up or by connivance among the big players. Fair enough. I don’t blame them one little bit.