NO DEAL HERE… By Brian Rowan

    On Monday at Stormont, Sinn Fein declared this long phase of negotiations over. There is no deal here, and there should be no more pretend politics in this place. May, Varadkar, Brokenshire and Coveney have big calls to make. It is London-Dublin decision time; the test of the worth of the paper upon…

FAILURE – By Brian Rowan

    ‘Failure’ is the political buzz word of the day; used in different sentences by Ulster Unionist leader Robin Swann. Used also by Michelle O’Neill and Gerry Adams. Failure on a Stormont day when the governments (players not referees or spectators in this process) did their best to take the bad look off a…

DOWN THE TUBES… – By Brian Rowan 

    There is no talk of a deal at Stormont. Talk, yes, of another deadline approaching; but deadlines are as relevant – or as irrelevant – as the dandelions on the political slippery slopes of this place. The next talk might be the NIO trying to explain that direct rule is not direct rule;…