The only speech I heard in full from Stormont today were the wise, wise words from 80-year-old Ian Paisley who accepted office as First Minister as his sworn enemy Martin McGuinness was sworn in as Deputy First Minister.
Consigning the 'troubles' to history, Paisley said
'that was yesterday, this is today, and tomorrow is tomorrow.'It was all the more astonishing, as I can't ever recall Paisley previously uttering anything that sounded like wise words in over three decades of conflict.
Just as astonishing today, was to hear McGuinness wishing Paisley 'all the best' as new First Minister...
Who would have thought we'd ever see the day when Sinn Fein leader shook hands with a serving British Prime Minister Tony Blair?
But the TV pictures I loved most today were those of Martin McGuinness posing for a snap with his mother and Tony Blair!
I'm sure we all wish that Paisley is right when he says:
I believe that Northern Ireland has come to a time of peace, a time when hatred will no longer rule.I have to say my heart missed a beat later when I heard an unfortunate choice of words from one of the lesser politicians from the Province interviewed on 5Live.
He said local politicians were committed to peace, but went on:
we need the tools to do the job to be in our armoury...
I'm not sure exactly what he meant, but as long as he wasn't talking Armalites, there is hope!