Peter Hain is new NI Secretary!!

According to Radio Ulster: Paul Murphy is going. All we know from the Beeb is that neither Milliband, Browne, nor Blunkett will take it.

Update: Aha, it’s Peter Hain (courtesy of Mark Devenport)!!! A serious heavyweight. Being groomed for the top tier in third term government? And it’s possibly an indication that Blair is looking for a serious fix in the circumstance! Holding pattern over!!!

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