Reid's sudden move

John Reid is to move to Labour party chairman, where his strongman credentials will, no doubt, be useful stock-in-trade.

His replacement is to be Paul Murphy who was until today the secretary of state for Wales. He is no stranger to Northern Ireland having already spent some time there as a minister and as a shadow cabinet spokesman.

Early reactions from local politicians are mixed, with Ian Paisley junior reading it as as sign that direct rule is settling in for the long term.

Excellent detail from Stratagem!