After the crisis, the thaw continues at the top…

The word is that in their flight out to the US the chemistry of McGuinness and Robinson has been impressing the people they’ve met. On reader who was at the Los Angles/Holywood event, notes that “perhaps being away and the shared challenge of events over the weekend has moved their working relationship along”. Slugger also hears that “they flew British Airways and the deputy 1st minister got first class on the way out while the 1st minister sat in business. It will be the other way round on the way back”. Hmmm… There are other indications that the thaw in personal relations is considerable. Yet, we may have to wait until after the European elections to see the positive outworking of that thaw in the various policy block at ‘the bottom’…

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