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Ah, so the whole cabinet is filled by following a formula. That is actually how we do it on the local level in Sweden, giving the opposition minority representation in local executives. (Though we use modified Sainte-Laguë instead of d'Hondt.)

Two questions:

1) Are ministerial portfolios also distributed by following the formula? Or do they have to agree who gets finance, health, education, environment, etc.

  • Lets see, Greens gets the fifth ministerial portfolio, so Education...
  • We would rather have Environment!
  • You get Education!

2) What then has the stale mate been about. They obviously disagree on politics, but that is what the formula is for. Hating each other so much that they refuse to actually meet as a cabinet?
by fjallstrom on Sun May 16th, 2021 at 07:46:20 PM EST
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  1. Following the d'Hondt formula, each party gets its pick of whatever portfolios are still available when their turn comes.

  2. More or less. Arlene managed to piss McGuinness off so much that he resigned as deputy first Minister and SF refused to nominate a replacement. The Executive can only operate on a cross-community basis so that meant it was suspended and Direct Rule from Westminster was instigated for a number of years and pissed EVERYBODY off  - so much so that BOTH DUP and SF lost votes at the last assembly elections.

That was quite an achievement by our Arlene, as McGuinness had gotten on famously with Ian Paisley - they became known as the "Chuckle Brothers"- despite the fact that he was a former Chief-of-Staff of the IRA (always officially denied, of course). The DUP, and especially Arlene, have a long track record of over-playing their hand.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun May 16th, 2021 at 10:17:02 PM EST
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The DUP, and especially Arlene, have a long track record of over-playing their hand.

Is this expected to be worse with Poots, or the same?

The fellow doesn't strike me as someone able to understand such concepts.

by Bernard on Tue May 18th, 2021 at 06:21:05 PM EST
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He really has no track record in serious politics. MLAs are glorified County Councillors. I suspect he is more comfortable amongst his own than playing power games in Westminster. We shall see, but I hope this presages the DUP downsizing quite a bit.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue May 18th, 2021 at 07:32:23 PM EST
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