Deirdre Heenan: Northern Ireland appears to be destined to suffer a hellish political Groundhog Day

As a fast-tracked bill extends the deadline for the formation of a new executive, the British secretary of state’s ham-fisted approach to the issue of an election doesn’t inspire confidence

Chris Heaton-Harris, secretary of state for Northern Ireland: his threat to slash budgets and introduce a range of revenue-raising measures was met with outrage from politicians in the North. Picture: PA