“it’s possible the power vacuum will continue for another week..”

So when was the last meeting of the Northern Ireland Executive? Or is it fictional as well? The earliest report of a cancelled meeting seems to be from July 5th. Since then, according to Sinn Féin’s John O’Dowd, his party has been trying to ensure that “the Executive meets on an agreed agenda” – which seems to translate as ‘agree to put our items on the agenda or there will be no Executive meeting’. And, footballing visual metaphors aside, that inability to agree appears to continue. As Mark Devenport notes

A meeting was expected this coming Thursday, July 24th, but I am told that the preparatory special advisers or “minreps” meeting has not taken place. So it’s possible the power vacuum will continue for another week.

At least. Still, they all have a political mandate..