Official contacts are closer than you may think

Good to see that the Cabinet Secretary of Ireland takes part in regular in meetings with his peers of the Westminster tradition ( I was nearly going to say the Commonwealth).. Relations have been close for many years. He will have plenty of lore to share over how to handle coalitions.

Significantly, Sir Gus is flying to New Zealand next week to meet Maarten Weavers, his opposite number there, and the two are expected to discuss the UK’s new manual. (It is a regular cab secs’ fest with top officials from Canada, Australia and Ireland, too.)

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