US Presidential praise for the response to the recent republican paramilitary murders carries echoes of Jonathan Powell’s “more like politicians now, than capos” line [the video’s gone but the quotes remain]. The “people”, after all, have been there before [Most of them – Ed]. Indeed. And what other viable political option did those politicians directly connected to the Northern Ireland Executive actually have? Other than to embrace the hypocrisy Mick has identified elsewhere. At openDemocracy Robin Wilson is, despite serious reservations, optimistic for the future. Not that that necessarily precludes the scenarios others have suggested..