An interesting point from Brian Feeney on The Politics Show today. Reprising comments that he has made before, in reference to the school debating society that we call an Assembly, and ostensibly on the topic du jour, he argued that the reluctance by both the DUP and SF to cause serious political damage to their supposed opposite numbers was due to the nature of the ‘indigenous’ deal – “Every goal [scored] is an own goal”. And the non-appointment of a Victims’ Commissioner got a mention too. It follows the stepping back from a SF motion on tax-raising powers and the withdrawal of a SF amendment on attacks on Orange Halls. [There was a certain self-preservation involved with the latter withdrawal – Ed] And that’s all before we get to the serious areas of disagreement.