“What’s the delay?”

Another intelligent report from Julia Paul on Hearts and Minds last night – investigating the 8 month delay in producing the final report from the Strategic Review on Parading in Northern Ireland. We had the interim report in April last year and, prompted by Mark Devenport’s post, in April this year I pointed out that “[implementing] the agreed recommendations of the Strategic Review of Parading by end 2008” was a key performance indicator and a priority action in the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review 2008-2011 [pdf file]. But, despite Sinn Féin’s John O’Dowd’s denial that there’s a quid pro quo being demanded on the transfer of policing and justice powers, the answer to the question “What’s the delay?” seems likely to be found in an impasse in that dysfunctional semi-detached polit-bureau..

In the meantime the Parades Commission has itself a new chairman.