THE future of the Parades Commission has been secured for another year with the Secretary of State announcing he is to re-appoint the Commissioners.
With parading proving to be one of the DUP sticking points over the devolution of policing and justice, there’s unlikely to be any immediate joy on that front.
And with the post-primary education debacle still not set for resolution and establishment of the new Education and Skills Authority stalled, there is a collective sense of ennui over some of the moribund political issues of the day.
In other words, 2009 is ending with little big picture progress, lots of small achievements and 2010 begins with a backlog of issues for MLAs.
And with a general election looming, there is a fear that posturing will become the default position rather than seeking progress on the outstanding issues.
But until then have a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous, Happy New Year!