Little comfort

The Belfast Telegraph devolution anniversary poll has few crumbs of comfort for embattled Education Minister Catriona Ruane. While the decision to abolish the 11plus is popular among nationalists a majority are in favour of some form of academic selection in the new set-up and are unimpressed by the Minister’s handling. Meanwhile SF has removed Catriona’s loyal defender Paul Butler as Education spokesperson and John O’Dowd given the task. Will O’Dowd continue with the Butler strategy of victimhood? Is it as Devenport asks to shore up Ruane or is SF preparing the ground for her replacement? O’Dowd does represent an area that operates under the Dixon plan that Newton Emerson argues looks like a natural compromise between the two sides. Update: McGuinness has ruled out removing her.