Brokenshire dispenses with Villiers hands off approach to Stormont…

What? A UK SoS holding talks about what he and the Executive might collectively do about job losses in Northern Ireland? It wouldn’t have happened under Theresa Villiers watch, so we might deduce that this is a deliberate policy switch.

It looks like the Sos is going to stay very much involved in the domesticNI politics rather than adopting what Brian Feeney likes to lapoon as the stately Pro Consul role. But I also suspect this is on foot of Mrs May’s idea that her government might develop an industrial policy its own.

Last seen in Britain maybe a couple of years after the Miners Strike?

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