IT used to be that when you wanted to catch a film that you had missed at the cinema you nipped down to your local video store rented the film and popped it into the old video cassette recorder.
With the advent of satellite and cable TV and downloadable films, the days of the video recorder are numbered.
But, the DUP have discovered that video has new and interesting uses that don’t involve all that tedious nipping down to the shops.
Environment Minister Edwin Poots wants to use the power of video to stop all that tedious nipping down to Dublin.
Edwin wants to use the power of video conferencing to avoid face-to-face meetings of the North South Ministerial Council.
And as Environment Minister it makes perfect sense for him to cut down on the old carbon footprint.
What next – a culture minister doing cultural things, or maybe even a Social Development Minister being sociable…