Interesting from Newton Emerson today…
There was never any prospect of a Stormont deal this week, with the Sinn Fein and DUP party conferences still two weeks away. So the sudden flurry of activity ahead of secretary of state James Brokenshire’s latest ‘deadline’ was oversold, while the frustration when it failed was overblown.
Announcing he must now set Stormont’s budget in Westminster next week, Brokenshire quietly moved the deadline to December, noting a deal by then will still let the executive set a budget of its own.
What is significant is that the formerly weekly up and down mood swings around the talks are getting closer together, like contractions. This is being driven by the realisation within both parties that they must soon do a deal and face the consequences. Delivery should still be expected.
As someone used to say, take the money, or open the box?