News flash: Karen Bradley
No one else turned up to her drink’s party so rather than let it go to waste…
Several taxis then refused to take her ‘to any bar on the Falls-facking-Road mate’ and warned her to keep away from Ardoyne!!!
Bradley forced to call off drinks reception after all main parties refuse to attend
KAREN Bradley has been forced to call off a Stormont drinks reception on Tuesday after her invite was snubbed by all the main political parties.
The cancellation, which came just 24 hours ahead of the event, is the latest embarrassing setback for the British Secretary of State, whose performance has been widely criticised over recent months. Sinn Féin first signalled on Sunday that it wouldn’t be attending what the NIO described as a “cross-party discussion event” for all MLAs.
The remaining four main parties all confirmed on Monday night that their MLAs would not be accepting Mrs Bradley’s invitation. The cancellation comes amid growing speculation that the current talks process, which began in early May, is to be wound down over the coming days and parked for the summer. Last week, Alliance leader Naomi Long told The Irish News that a breakthrough in the negotiations was unlikely before the end of this month.
When the two governments reviewed the process a fortnight ago they identified a “narrow window of opportunity” to reach a deal. Ulster Unionist leader Robin Swann said on Monday night that the talks appeared to be “stuck in no-man’s land”. “The Secretary of State may have been intending to help the talks move to a more meaningful state by getting all the MLA’s together, but that boat has now sailed,” he said. “It’s time to get political leaders together for some hard political graft instead.”
An SDLP spokesman said the public wanted politicians working to return to government rather than attending a drinks reception, while an Alliance spokesman said the party’s MLAs would be concentrating on the work to restore the institutions. A DUP spokesman said the event was “unhelpful”. A British government spokesman said Mrs Bradley belevied it would have been valuable to bring together MLAs for ” an informal event alongside the ongoing talks process “. “The Secretary of State respects that the parties have concluded they are not ready for this yet,” the spokesman said.
THE IRISH NEWS
Pro fide et patriarch
Bradley only part of the problem
IN OTHER circumstances, and were a different Secretary of State involved, the NIO decision to cancel Tuesday’s drinks reception for MLAs might have proved more embarrassing. But ignominy and naivety have been constant companions during Karen Bradley’s tenure at the NIO. Calling off the event because the politicians said they wouldn’t turn up doesn’t represent a new nadir; rather, it is merely further confirmation of how Mrs Bradley is widely regarded as the least effective Secretary of State yet (and that’s some accomplishment after James Brokenshire 👎👎😂😂😂)
In a slender credit column, it should be noted that Mrs Bradley has an enviable ability to unite our own locally elected political representatives, even if it is in opprobrium against her.
This is no mean feat, as observers of the political trenches at Stormont will readily appreciate. It might be convenient to round on Mrs Bradley but this denies the reality that it is the responsibility of our politicians – particularly Sinn Féin and the DUP, and not the London or Dublin governments – to form a Power-sharing government. And when Mrs Bradley is, replaced as seems likely when the conservative Party finds its new leader, who will the MLAs then blame for more than two years of their own political failure?
With many thanks to: Dixie Elliot and The Irish News and John Manley (Political Correspondent) for the original posting
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