Ian Paisley may have narrowly escaped having to fight a by-election but that does not diminish the gravity of his misconduct, which attracted the longest suspension imposed by the House of Commons in modern times.
It is increasingly difficult to see how our power-sharing executive can return before the DUP, which remains marginally the largest Stormont grouping, undergoes a period of profound and fundamental reform.
The racist abuse directed against businessman Ali Askir by individuals leaving Belfast's Windsor Park stadium after an international match was entirely unacceptable and has been rightly condemned by the Irish Football Association.
Boris Johnson is a figure who has consistently displayed both an enormous ego and a blatantly opportunistic approach to politics so he probably feels he is well qualified to become a Conservative prime minister.
Theresa May has expressed confidence in her secretary of state for Northern Ireland, despite Karen Bradley's jaw-dropping admission that she was not aware nationalists did not vote for unionists or vice versa.
Translink has experienced a difficult week at a number of levels and passengers were fully entitled to express their frustration yesterday over the prolonged technical problems surrounding the online purchase of tickets.