Cold water poured on new Downing St shuttle

Jonathan Powell can only be right, even though he was a prime supplier of the drug of access he now wants to replace with cold turkey. And remember, not everybody was equally appreciative.

Tony Blair’s secret negotiator with the IRA has called for an end to crisis summits involving Irish and British Premiers and Northern Ireland’s parties.

That is not to say there should never be talks to end the paralysis. What is Shaun Woodward for?

Malachi is listing as taking part in the Powell session in Liverpool. Perhaps he might shed some more light on the discussions?

Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London