This the not the time for Orde to quit

Yet again, the GB timetable clashes with NI’s. Which will win out this time? Tucked away in the Times last week was the news that Hugh Orde is likely to quit soon to head up the Association of Chief Police Officers. Without an obvious successor seasoned in NI affairs, is this the time to be quitting? He must clarify the position very soon. And a point for later: will Sinn Fein and the SDLP accept another GB chief and will they insist on the post being open to senior Garda officers?

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