The reign of Hain – more calls, mainly on Sinn Fein…

IN his keynote speech last night, the Secretary of State told Northern Ireland’s politicians that they don’t live in the centre of the universe, and argued that a shared future is an economic necessity. Peter Hain pointed towards more north-south co-operation for mutual benefit and indicated Sinn Fein should continue engaging with the police on practical issues (‘practical’ is used five times, co-operation a central theme) until they could actually back them, acknowledging that this wouldn’t happen until policing and justice powers are devolved. Oh, and he’s still dead serious about the deadline. You can read the whole thing here.