The Alliance party leader David Ford has just spoken about progress and the lack of it at Leeds Castle. He’s attending the Liberal Democrat conference, just down the road from Slugger Central in Bournemouth:
“I am bemused that some people are suggesting that creating greater accountability and collective responsibility in the institutions is inconsistent with power-sharing or the Agreement. What we have at the moment is a political carve-up, with Ministers exercising majority-rule within their own domains. By contrast, power-sharing is about representatives from all sections of the community having some degree of say over how decisions are made”.