Last six weeks all about unionist grandstanding

First minister Peter Robinson outlines his party's reasons for ending its 'in-out' policy at Stormont. Picture by Mark Marlow/Pacemaker Press
For just under an hour after secretary of state Theresa Villiers presented the paramilitary assessment panel’s report to the Commons, it seemed that Stormont was in real trouble. How could the DUP go back into government if all the IRA’s structures still exist and IRA members “believe” the army council runs Sinn Fein? Yet suddenly Peter Robinson and his ministers were back at their desks and smiling for photographs, with no explanation bar a press release too convoluted to have been written in an hour, claiming they had been vindicated by the release of Sinn Fein nation[...]

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