Education: a real stick to beat unionists with?

Owen Bowcott in the Guardian yesterday notes that Maria Eagle, “revealed that the long-promised curtailment of academic selection would not come into force if local politicians agreed to restore a fully functioning Stormont assembly and executive by the deadline of November 24″. Aha. That looks to be a more convincing stick than vague muttering about joint authority. As Mitchell Reiss noted at the weekend:

“…there’s a larger sense that decisions will be taken by people other than Sinn Féin or any of the political parties in Northern Ireland, and I can’t see how that’s anything but uncomfortable for leaderships that have staked their reputations and careers on being the stewards of their own people.”

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