Jeremy Corbyn plainly does not appeal to all sections of the party he leads, and has never pretended otherwise, but, as he demonstrated again during his visit to Belfast yesterday, he is a politician of rare gifts.
IT is worth pointing out that if the joint statement issued by the pro-EU parties at Stormont in advance of the latest key round of Brexit negotiations had been tabled as an Assembly motion, it would have won the endorsement of a clear majority of MLAs.
There will be considerable sympathy for the assertion from the former director of public prosecutions, Barra McGrory, that the proposed structures for investigations into Troubles-related murders are unworkable.
If debates over flags and emblems are carried out in a climate of tolerance and mutual respect, then, even in the tense conditions which are often present in the summer months across many areas, they are capable of reaching a positive outcome.
It was entirely appropriate that the Israeli ambassador was summoned to the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin to be told of what taoiseach Leo Varadkar described as the Irish people's outrage and dismay over the appalling bloodshed in Gaza.
A week after Theresa May was caught out peddling inaccurate information over legacy cases, she has once again created an unintentional stir in Northern Ireland over comments aimed at a Conservative audience.