At a stress-free Stormont there is no imperative to actually do anything with the mandate…

This week RTESo, a relatively quiet flag protest this weekend. Maybe now some of the political hysteria posturing of last week will be begin to subside. The irony is that in general terms, sectarianism is on the slide, and mixed marriages are up and the wider population is beginning to adopt a more open view of how the world works than many of their most senior politicians.

You get a strong sense of a political class leading strongly, but only from the back. For those who heard my interview on RTE’s This Week programme, I noted how with everything tied in at Stormont, councils provide an easy opportunity to pander to the wants of their base. Evidence, as today’s Irish News confirms, is thin on the ground that they have been able to work on anything much together: