Whatever happened to that deadline…

As it happens, I’m in town tomorrow for the formerly hard deadline, but it is far from clear what if anything that it will signify. Noel MacAdam in today’s Tele (no link as yet): “Taking a semantic, not to say strategic, leap or two, Peter Hain seems to believe that, while the actual date can change, deadlines remain the same [eh? – ed]. Without it, this week’s sweeping legislation would not have happened”.