The current Prime Minister Gordon Brown is to visit Northern Ireland next Tuesday afternoon. He is meeting all the party leaders including the Alliance Leader David Ford. One assumes he is going to encourage Ford to take the job of Policing and Justice to get the Assembly out of its current hole. Ford of course has been here before and is likely to demand some concrete reforms of the Assembly set up – not least the designation system.
Whether Mr Brown’s visit will produce results remains to be seen. With opinion polls suggested a Labour meltdown his prime ministerial authority is looking somewhat lacklustre.