Seventeen police stations to close

Whilst the closure of rural police stations is viewed with nervousness and even anger amongst most unionists, the SDLP has long advocated it as being in line with modern policing methods which use mobile communications and releasing more personnel for work on the ground. Direct rule minister Shaun Woodward is forcing the issue. But it’s also hard not to wonder whether this an initial move in this summer’s choreography?

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty