Council re-organisation and the big issue…

Mark Langhammer has been saying for some time now that the Review of Public Adminstration may be one important way of getting some political governance back to Northern Ireland whilst the big stand off over the Assembly and Executive continues. Though, it’s thought in some council circles that too many councillors are keen on the status, but not the responsibility that real power might bring. Jude Collins looks at the battle for ground between Unionists and Nationalists that the minimalist solution (effectively six county type and one metropolitan Belfast council) might give rise to.

Adds: Yorkshireman Andrew McCann responds to Jude, especially on the Belfast demographic question.

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