The omens look favourable. Peter Robinson, the first minister, is hopeful of a deal and Martin McGuinness, the deputy first minister, warns that failure would be politically embarrassing. Ultimately, the cost could be far greater than a matter of mere embarrassment.
If politicians have the courage to put differences aside and seize the initiative, they will claim a place in history, their names on a new year deal. If they fail, the North’s social, economic, and political future could be set back for decades to come.
Wednesday, April 7, 2021