Policing is the last issue…

As the most underworked politicians in the world finally take their seats at Stormont this morning, It seems clear a new political climate has finally set in, many months after the IRA’s largely unilateral and visible act of decommissioning has reduced the number of outstanding political issues to one. That’s policing. In this morning’s Newsletter, Ian Paisley argues that Sinn Fein must recognise the police, before there can be any return to an executive on the model of that envisaged by the Belfast Agreement. As blogged by Pete on Thursday, Adams has held out the prospect for resolution on that still vexed issue.

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