Sinn Fein accused the “usual naysayers” of opposing their and the DUP’s new “Together Building a United Community” (ex CSI (ex Shared Future)) strategy, or even simply told opponents effectively to shut up (“So what?”) – both of which were revealing, as the “naysayers” are actually right and Sinn Fein and its similarly authoritarian DUP chums know it.
I may want peace walls down by 2023; indeed I may want Northern Ireland to win the World Cup by then; but that isn’t worth anything without a clear plan to achieve it. No such plan exists. Sinn Fein and the DUP know that too.
This is just “Groundhog Day”. There is nothing of any real substance in the document at all. They didn’t show it to anyone else – even their Executive colleagues – in advance because they knew that too.
The other three parties, of course, face a resultant challenge of their own. If the Ulster Unionists are so opposed to care home closures, the SDLP so opposed to Welfare Reform, and the Alliance so opposed to no movement on a Shared Future, what are they doing accepting collective responsibility for them? On the other hand, a supposedly “new” process gives them an opportunity to contribute once more.
Regardless, the fact remains that this Executive is both fundamentally incompetent and fundamentally sectarian. It is not one with which I would be accepting collective responsibility, except if I wished to be complicit in the on-going breakdown of community relations, the on-going ignoring of the Rule of Law, and the on-going decline of the local economy. But so what, eh?