Published Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Speaking less than 24 hours after it emerged that a High Court Judge in London freed the man accused of killing four soldiers in the 1982 IRA Hyde Park bombing, the First Minister effectively put his job on the line.
The case against John Downey collapsed because he was mistakenly told in a letter in 2007 he was no longer a wanted man.
That's despite the fact that the PSNI knew he was still being sought by Scotland Yard.
Furthermore, and this is really what's annoyed Mr Robinson, it transpires a total of about 200 such letters were distributed to so-called "on the runs".
Peter Robinson is pretty definitive on his position - He knew nothing about it.
If he did he wouldn't now be in government with Sinn Féin.
If the letters aren't withdrawn and a public inquiry ordered he's not prepared to continue as First minister.
Are we the brink of a crisis, I asked? We're IN a crisis, he practically shouted.
Timing is crucial.
In less than two weeks the parties will make their annual trip to Washington.
The failed Haass talks have given something of a lifeline recently with ongoing party leaders meetings. And, of course, there's the European and Council elections in May.
David Cameron now finds himself between a rock and a hard place. If he doesn't withdraw the letters there's a unionist crisis, if he does chances are he'll feel the heat from republicans.
Over to you Prime Minister.
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