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Cometh the hour, cometh the woman

When Arlene Foster resigned from the Ulster Unionist Party and joined the DUP, I reckoned that it was. probably a good career move on her part. But I must say I didn't imagine (and I am sure that she didn't imagine) that it would lead to her becoming acting First Minister of Northern Ireland a little more than six years later. And frankly I think it is likely she will stay in place; it's not easy to see Peter Robinson coming back in six weeks' time.

Ten years ago, who would ever have thought that the first woman to lead a devolved government in the UK would be from the party of Ian Paisley?

PS: Much the best blogosphere coverage of the Robinson and Adams stories is on Slugger O'Toole.


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Jan. 12th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
I don't understand why it was his duty to declare his wife's loan - surely it was her business to do so? It feels a little Doll's House. Am I missing a nuance in what seems like a tragic soap episode?
Jan. 12th, 2010 02:46 pm (UTC)
The BBC's argument is that once he knew he should have made sure that it was declared, whether or not it had been / was going to be paid back. I don't know if you caught Panorama last night but it is pretty damning.
Jan. 16th, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
It was her business to do so but the Robinsons have been branded by the DUP as Northern Ireland's First Couple in politics. They have both probably actually broken the law if these allegations prove to be true. Also Iris Robinson was lobbying on behalf of one of the "lenders" in a planning application at the time..................the difference between Britain and Nrn Irn in terms of a sex scandal is that the same person and the party she represented have spent the past number of years judging everybody else very harshly. Speak to any members of the gay community.

I actually have a wee bit of a link to the whole thing as I worked in the same building. I was employed by Lagan Valley Regional Park whose offices are behind the cafe in the visitor centre and part of my job was working on the restoration of the cottage which has featured frequently in the news report.
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