Whatever the developments in the North in the next couple of weeks, the long-term prospects for devolved power-sharing look grim.
This Wednesday, President George W Bush will announce what has been called ‘a new initiative’ on Iraq.
What now for the neo-cons? What now for the war on terror? Has any US president - apart from Richard Milhous Nixon when he received his impeachment documentation - been handed a report quite like the Baker Report George Bush got on Wednesday?
In ten days, the United States will go to the polls for the mid-term elections.
He has waited a long time for it and now at last he has gained the prize.
There are some times when we should step back and appreciate remarkable achievements.
I suppose there’s a bitter irony in the fact that the man who was determined to ban blood sports in Britain, to finally get one over on the toffs, is this weekend still being pursued over the parliamentary hedges and ditches by the baying pack.