WE DON’T DO DEADLINES – By Brian Rowan

    Just read the dictionary definition of deadline. ‘A date or time before which something must be completed.’ It is easily understood. But, at Stormont, and in the politics of that place, such strict definitions are ignored. Weeks ago, an observer of the latest talks gave me another description of deadline. He used the…

DEAL OR NO DEAL – By Brian Rowan

    Something has to change – and quickly – if Stormont is to survive the political fallout of recent times. Phase two of the talking, which began last Monday, may well have some more structure, but little else. “Too slow, no route to agreement, too much ‘f***ingaboutery’ on process,” was the blunt assessment of…