Ken Reid: Monday, 10 May 2010
Waiting by the phone
The Assembly may be sitting but attention is focused across the water at the House of Commons.
"What's the latest", the opening words of virtually every conversation.
The DUP's Nigel Dodds says his party is prepared to fly to Westminster if needed but so far the phones have been quiet.
''There has been some contact but we are watching like everyone else. We only want what is best for Northern Ireland,'' he said.
Mr Dodds feels the Westminster media are giving more attention to the Scots and Welsh than our MPs but maybe this will change.
Martin McGuinness wants the situation discussed by the executive and is also keen on a meeting of the 18 Northern Ireland MPs to unite on a position.
His opponents, of course, argue Sinn Fein can have no influence as the party does not take its seats.
New MP Naomi Long also believes the MPs should co-operate to secure the best deal for Northern Ireland.
Peter Robinson may have lost his seat but he is the man who will lead any negotiations for the DUP.
He has always argued he would talk to Labour, Conservatives or whoever to get a deal.
But for the moment it is a case of standing by the telephone.
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