Morning View: Ulster Has the Right to Know
SECRETARY of State Mo Mowlam, speaking on Good Morning Ulster yesterday, said that she did not feel the need to "spell out in great detail" what would be the consequences of Northern Ireland's political parties failing to meet the June 30 deadline for the triggering of the D'Hondt mechanism to set up an executive, and the moving of the devolution train from the sidings to the fast track.
With due respect, spelling out the consequences of failure is exactly what Dr Mowlam should be doing at this point in time. The people of Northern Ireland need to know, and the politicians need to be told.
Does Dr Mowlam expect the IRA or any other terror organisation currently on ceasefire to return to violence if Sinn Fein is excluded from the executive because a decommissioning process is not underway?
Will other aspects of the Agreement, including the judicial review, the setting up of cross-border bodies and the review of policing, continue apace?
Will the Exchequer continue to pay Assembly members their whopping great salaries even if it has become clear by the end of the month that Stormont has not moved beyond being the most expensive talking shop in Europe? …