There is too much going on within SF and this has allowed Adams to come back to the fore unmoderated by McGuinness. Nothing in their actions suggests a coherent approach to the situation in the Executive.
SF would not join a vote of no confidence against Foster that would have gone down well with electorate but now are willing to pull down the government.
SF produced a draft programme for government along with DUP and sent it out for consultation. It contained to reference to the Irish Language Act but now this is an issue for them.
They could exact a lot from DUP via immediate talks as neither SF or DUP wants an election but the issue is being pushed by SF forces beyond its MLAs.
M O'Neill has now been pushed to the forefront as the spokesperson and lead negotiator.
Interesting article and comment from Ed Maloney
“Both would take precedent over Arlene and her tricks, methought….”
Mick Fealty on 11 January 2017
Okay, so for the awkwardness around this whole election thingee, I’m going to leave it up to Ed Moloney to say what needs to be said about the real reasons for the departure of Martin McGuinness.
When I watched McGuinness on the BBC’s website yesterday afternoon my overwhelming thought was that this man isn’t quitting because he is fed up with Arlene Foster, the DUP and their little scheme to enrich their farmer friends (at least those with large empty sheds to heat), although I am sure he is.
No, my thought was that this man wants to go home to be with his family for his last days in this world. McGuinness is a devout Catholic, the sort who daily wears a scapular – so I am assured – and so he would also want to make peace with his God, something that promises to be an interesting exercise. Both would take precedent over Arlene and her tricks, methought.
Call me cynical but I have had more than two decades of dealings with Martin McGuinness’ comrades and so my second thought, based on that toilsome experience, was that what we were seeing was another Provo bunco game designed to make us believe the unbelievable.