I have not met Jonathon Bell. But I never really liked him.
I have not met Arlene Foster. But I have never really liked her.
I have never met Stephen Nolan. But I never really liked him.
So by any standards, I am a fair-minded person. Who do I believe? To be frank, nobody really convinced me. In fact Bell praying before the interview…evoking Rev Ian Paisley three times….and getting all teary about the children in hospitals. I am not sure what it reminded me of….maybe it was that Vice-President Richard Nixon speech (the one with the dog..Checkers???). Or maybe it was the scene in “Father Ted” where a priest asks “is there anything to be said for a Mass?”
Was he bullied by aggressive Arlene Foster?
Arlene did not do any praying but was she bullied by Jonathan Bell? It is curious that she professed to know about his record of aggression and yet never dismissed him from Office.
SDLP….for once…is playing well. A vote of Confidence is the logical step and they have 29 of the 30 signatures in the bag and as I write there are no Sinn Féin signatories. SF are spineless. Accusing SDLP of playing politics and reserving judgement cant cover the fact that they are nothing more than a DUP poodle. In office…but not in power.
And Claire Sugden…our Minister for Justice? What is she going to do? Hide behind Collective Responsibility?
Let us not get carried away with a Vote of Confidence. When a Government anywhere is caught out, the Opposition goes for a Confidence motion and Governments always win but lose the high moral ground as their back-benchers are shamed, defending the indefensible.
This is the position that DUP MLAs now find themselves. Some will be highly animated on Monday. How dare the Opposition suggest foul play? There is a script for this kinda thing. But while DUP loudmouths are always entertaining, its the serious DUP MLAs who will be more interesting….as they shuffle their papers and try to look sincere when they endorse the Party Leader.
This could be a very important day.
In an effort to be more credible, I have decided to say a wee prayer before I post anything on my Blog.