While it is evident considerable progress has been made this year in regard to contentious bonfires, the stand off at Avoniel Leisure Centre in Belfast shows that sinister elements are still trying to bring their malign influence to bear.
Is this promotion or the opposite for Gerry Adams? The man gives up being president of Sinn Féin after 35 years, stays mostly out of his successor’s way as far as the outside world can tell, and how does she reward him? She gives him the portfolio marked ‘Irish unity’.
Historian Mary Beard's wonderful book Women & Power begins with an attempt to explain, as she puts it, ”just how deeply embedded in Western culture are the mechanisms that silence women, that refuse to take them seriously".
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt turned up at the Culloden Hotel on Tuesday morning and went through the motions of looking and sounding interested in the questions from about 150 (out of 500) members of the local Conservative associations.