A tired old Vaudeville act…

Writing just before yesterday’s statement, Lindy McDowell looks forward to the end of the Blair and Bertie show. She reckons it’s not much more than lights, smoke and mirrors.

A re-run of show-stoppers like the old set-to between Sinn Fein and the DUP over whether the lilies in the Stormont jug should be Easter or orange, may be all people need to remind them of just why they turned off in the first place. It’s very commendable for Blair and Bertie productions to insist that the show must go on.

But given that the Governments have no clear plot for a way forward, have put too much reliance (as ever) on spin and photo opportunities and have no obvious grasp of the enormity of the lack of trust on all sides, the distinct possibility is not just curtains for our under-performing MLAs. But lights out for the whole damn show.

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