What happens when Gordon succeeds?

According to Henry McDonald no one really knows what Gordon Brown might do were he (when he) takes over the reigns of power from Tony Blair. But it doesn’t stop any of the local parties from trying to woo his ‘camp’ to their way of thinking. Slugger’s suspicion is that when he does take over, we will see one or two old faces back at Stormont Castle, whether to continue shouldering executive responsibility or to hand over the keys to the Assembly chamber for once and for all. But, as McDonald highlights, Brown’s man will more than likely lead with an eye to the enormous treasury deficit.

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