For some months now, in the letters page of this paper and others, as well as across various media outlets and platforms, I have encountered many who, for their own reasons, are opposed to Sinn Féin’s abstentionist policy.
Has anyone in Downing Street the time or inclination at the minute, do you think, to try soothing the savage and unquiet breast of Sammy Wilson or Arlene Foster? Hard to picture Nigel Dodds and Sir Jeffrey savage, but unquiet at the moment all ten may well be.
Leo Varadkar's description yesterday of the 'volatile and dynamic' situation at Westminster was, if anything, an understatement of the febrile atmosphere in London where the stakes are being raised ever higher as we hurtle towards the October 31 deadline.
AT last that great charlatan of British politics, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Minister for the Union has banked his first major achievement.
All the indications are that we are moving into a defining period during the Brexit crisis, with the motion which the Labour Party is due to publish at Westminster tomorrow perhaps the last chance of avoiding a no deal catastrophe.
IT is tempting to highlight the irony of MLAs in a Stormont suspended for nearly three years commenting on Westminster's suspension for seven parliamentary days, but it is time for a more studied approach to a possible no-deal Brexit.
BORIS Johnson's proroguing of parliament has put the UK's constitution in the same position as the Good Friday Agreement: it may not have been breached in the letter but if a large chunk of the population thinks it has been breached in spirit, it is broken regardless.
During a period when the Brexit crisis has cast an increasingly dark shadow over all parts of Ireland, it is important to recognise the efforts of those who are striving quietly but effectively to reduce tension in key areas.
Despite the contrived cheers of a small group of DUP supporters as the result of the 2016 EU referendum was announced at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast, most ordinary citizens only ever regarded the outcome with grim foreboding.
Very few people who have followed the career of Boris Johnson will have been surprised by his enormously hazardous decision yesterday to suspend the Westminster parliament as the Brexit deadline approaches.