Blair and Hain were not the only ones to leave Northern Ireland this week. In what must be a blow to the Northern Ireland soccer team Lawrie Sanchez is quitting his job to take up a full time post with Fulham. He has clearly lost the argument with his new bosses that he could manage both at the same time.
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