At the end of the week who was up and who was down?

Here’s my pick…

Up is Martin McGuinness as he stepped up the plate on behalf of his party, swallowed his Republican pride and once again did the manly thing and shook hands with the “Queen of England”.

Down is the Chancellor of the Exchequer who’s latest budget seems to be losing large bits off it with every week that passes by.

Down with him goes the Treasury Secretary Chloe Smith who withered under Paxman’s fire when trying to explain the latest of her bosses seemingly inexplicable u turns.

Up is the First Minister who ‘found’ himself centre of almost every picture on the front page of every major newspaper on these two islands…

Up too the US Constitution with the Supreme Court (SCOTUS to you and I) by refusing to conform to expectations of the two big parties and wrong footing almost every big news organisation in the process.

Down is Gerry Adams bested by a Taoiseach barely rated by a swathe of his own backbenchers, who turned the SF TD’s ‘revisionist’ taunt back on him.

Down too is the former Minister for Regional Development Conor Murphy for being caught red handed (no pun intended) doing exactly same kinds of things that kicked of the civil rights movement in the late sixties…

Up is the Taoiseach who not only gave the former member for West Belfast ‘take a reddner’ but came back from the European summit with a little something to prove he was just an ‘observer’ at the real game..

Tell us yours?

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty