Westminster ripple effect on NI?

James Kelly cogitates on the recent ructions in Westminster and their possible effects on the political process here. Although, despite feverish speculation about the foreshortening of Blair’s planned departure date, I suspect that his timetable allows for some little slippage in Hain’s November deadline. With a larger slippage, well… !! Ah, but we get ahead of ourselves…

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