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'Assembly' is hologram on the hill
national | rights, freedoms and repression | other press Wednesday May 24, 2006 18:13 by Brian Feeney - Irish News 24 May 2006
Leaving the unionists talking to each other in this hologram on the hill is the best way to expose that their only aim is to avoid sharing power.
In case you haven't noticed, the assembly meeting up at Stormont isn't the Northern Ireland Assembly established by the Good Friday Agreement. It's 'the assembly' as the school-marmy speaker keeps telling her class.
It's only after a few meetings that you fully realise what a humiliating sham the whole performance is. Our proconsul appoints the speaker. He decides when the assembly meets. He decides what it can debate - not only the range of topics but he actually determines the order of business. He draws up the order paper. He decides if and when Scotland's first minister is coming over to address the assembly and indeed who else will speak to them and when and how. The assembly of course can make no laws or take any decisions.