So, in order to avoid Stormont disappearing into another pointless election to nowhere, it looks like postponement is on the cards. This is likely for the avoidance of a terminal outcome. Parliamentary recess in Westminster gives the break a patina of respectability.
For their part, Sinn Fein seems to have decided negotiations are not for them. Arlene Foster is puzzled by Sinn Fein’s inflexibility. Naomi Long, looking like the only grown up at a children’s tea party, points out no direct mulilateral talks have actually taken place.
Now, politicians do and can change their mind. But the British ministerial position on all of this is: sort out your devolved mess yourselves.
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