Nominations for the Policing Board.. deadline 1 April..

The BBC are reporting that, despite the previous somewhat feverish speculation by, among others, their own Mark Devenport, not to mention a silver-lining sighted by the Daily Ireland, as noted previously by Mick, the Secretary of State for Wales and Northern Ireland Peter Hain, has asked the four main parties for nominations to the Policing Board, 4 from the DUP, 2 each from the UUP and the SDLP.. and 2 from SF. The reality is, though, that SF are extremely unlikely to take those seats on the Board.. and with the Assembly suspended, given the legislation concerning the Policing Board, Peter Hain actually has a fairly free hand.. if he can ride out the inevitable criticism. Update More criticism noted here