This morning the DUP's Assembly's party is to meet to annoint Peter Robinson as their party's leader and the Party Executive will ratify the decision next Thursday. Shortly after being elected he is to meet with Brian Cowen, who is also currently a Finance Minister. Robinson’s Deputy Leader is likely to be Nigel Dodds.
Nothing excites political anoraks more than a re-shuffle and the imminent accession of Peter Robinson to the position of First Minister will create a vacancy. Will the new FM opt for a single promotion of will he re-shuffle? Will Nigel Dodds move to Finance? Will Simon Hamilton become the Junior Minister? Will Jeffrey Donaldson move to DoE? Will Arlene Foster move to DETI? Will Edwin Poots be stood down to become the DUP Euro candidate next year? Will Nelson McCausland become Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure? Or is that just Gerry Adams’ nightmare? Who knows?