Abolish the Northern Ireland Office…

and the Scottish and Welsh ones too, says cheeky LibDem MP Lembit Öpik, and merge them with the the Department of Communities and Local Government. If even Peter Hain *spit* can run Wales and NI at the same time, and Transport Secretary Douglas Alexander also handles the Scottish brief, surely it’s not impossible? Mark Devenport seems to reckon Gordon Brown is unlikely to want to “engage in such major surgery before justice powers are devolved here, and given that the Scottish question could be an increasing headache for Whitehall”. Still, Lembit’s call has a lovely ring to it: “Abolish the NIO.” Mmm… I’m liking it more every time I read it.