“How long is this secretive, hole-in-the-corner stuff going to go on?”

Mick mentioned it yesterday, and Newhound delivers. Here’s Brian Feeney’s take on the semi-detached polit-bureau Northern Ireland Executive. From yesterday’s Irish News

The present lack of openness suits them both down to the ground. It’s a great system if you’re in the DUP and SF. Everything is sewn up before an executive meeting and UUP and SDLP members of the executive clearly haven’t a clue what’s going to happen before the meeting. On the other hand, if it’s only going to be moving the deck chairs around, does it matter? Is it not the case that the real reason there’s not a joint press conference about the state of play in the north is that neither first nor deputy first minster would have anything to say?


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