Newton Emerson: Rule changes have delivered a de facto shadow assembly

(left to right) Sinn Féin's Michelle O'Neill, Conor Murphy, John O'Dowd, and Deirdre Hargey, walk out to speak to the media after the Stormont Assembly failed for the second time to elect a new speaker. Photo: Liam McBurney/PA Wire
Because MPs are forbidden from resigning, they disqualify themselves by pretending to become Crown Stewart and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead - a procedural workaround that has evolved over the pa[...]

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