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Rabbia di McGuinness e Robinson dinnanzi al rifiuto di Cameron ad un incontro
Sono passati otto mesi da quando il Primo Ministro britannico, David Cameron, aveva incontrato i leaders di governo nordirlandesi allo Stormont Castle.
Otto mesi che hanno avuto come denominatore comune il rifiuto di Cameron a fissare un incontro ‘urgente’ per discutere dei tagli al bilancio del Nord Irlanda.
Fedele alla sua politica di devoluzione dei poteri ai propri ministri, Cameron ha sottolineato come l’epoca della partecipazioni dei leaders del Nord Irlanda ai vertici di Downing Street, sia ormai terminata.
Ogni rimostranza dovrà passare dal Segretario di Stato per l’Irlanda del Nord, Owen Paterson.
E’ stato in occasione della visita di Ed Miliband, leader laburista, che Martin McGuinness ha definito “inaccettabile” a distanza di 8 mesi, il diniego di David Cameron ad ogni richiesta di incontro.
“Abbiamo anche messo a verbale la nostra totale insoddisfazione che negli ultimi otto mesi né il primo ministro né io abbiamo mai incontrato il primo ministro (inglese)”, ha dichiarato McGuinness.
“Questa è una situazione assolutamente inaccettabile, ed è qualcosa che certamente non è mai successa sotto la guida nè di Tony Blair, nè di Gordon Brown”.
Di concerto le dichiarazioni di Peter Robinson: “Siamo felici di averti qui Ed, ci auguriamo che torni a trovarci spesso. Accogliamo con grande favore l’offerta che avete fatto di un approccio a porta aperta, come vorrei fosse stato l’approccio avuto in altri luoghi “.
Anger at eight-month wait for PM meeting (NewsLetter)
Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson have complained to Labour leader Ed Miliband that Conservative prime minister David Cameron is refusing to meet them.
Last October the first and deputy first ministers unsuccessfully requested an “urgent” meeting with Mr Cameron to renegotiate Stormont’s budget allocation but were told to speak to secretary of state Owen Paterson instead.
Since then, Mr Cameron has made clear that he is delegating more power to his ministers and the days of Northern Ireland’s leaders routinely taking part in Downing Street summits is over.
Mr Paterson went further in January, saying that Ulster politicians could no longer “go galloping off to Downing Street” if they do not get their own way with him.
However, during a visit to Stormont by Mr Miliband yesterday, deputy first minister Mr McGuinness said it was “unacceptable” that it was eight months since David Cameron had met Stormont Castle’s ministers.
The Sinn Fein minister said that he and Mr Robinson had complained to Mr Miliband about the lack of a meeting with Mr Cameron: “We also put on record our total dissatisfaction that for the past eight months neither the first minister nor I have met with the prime minister.
“This is a totally unacceptable situation and it’s something that certainly never happened under the stewardship of either Tony Blair or Gordon Brown.”
Mr Robinson also alluded to his unhappiness at Mr Cameron’s refusal to meet, saying: “We’re delighted to have you here Ed, we hope that you will come back and see us often. We very much welcome the offer that you have made of an open door approach; would that it was the approach that we had in other places as well.”
Shadow secretary of state Shaun Woodward was also present at yesterday’s meeting and Mr Robinson warmly welcomed the former secretary of state as “our old friend Shaun”.
The DUP leader added: “We’ve had the opportunity of outlining some of the issues that are having an impact on the devolved institutions here in Northern Ireland.
“We’re not asking him to be partisan on these matters but we think it’s important that the Labour Party has an understanding of the issues we’re facing here, some of the difficulties that we’re experiencing and some of the solutions that we have ourselves that we think should be pursued by the present government.”
Mr Miliband said that his party would have an “open door policy” on “issues of mutual concern”.