“An NIO spokesman tonight said negotiations on the new powers were ongoing..”

With the latest stand-off on the devolution of justice powers getting personal, again, between the NI First and deputy First Ministers what do such rows say about the ability of the dysfunctional semi-detached polit-bureau to handle those powers? Meanwhile the current NI Justice Minister, Paul Goggins, MP, appears to be preparing to make changes in how the police tackle low-level crimes.

The PSNI is being given the authority to issue on-the-spot fines and cautions for offences such as drunk and disorderly behaviour, vandalism and shoplifting. At present the police have to prepare a file for the Public Prosecution Service for each and every crime they investigate.

That should cut down on the paperwork.. Are they also going to cut their losses with those accredited and funded restorative justice schemes?