I was wondering why the meeting of the British-Irish Council in Cardiff had attracted so little attention in Northern Ireland, after all Peter Robinson was pretty pro-active in putting in a pitch for the "organisation's" (is it actually formal enough to be labelled an organisation?) new secretariat building to be situated in Ulster.Then I read about the exchange of funnies between him and Marty and guessed it would probably not have been the best of times to unleash all that bonhomie amongst the footsoldiers back home.
But back to that Secretariat. I'm most definitely in favour of the concept of the British-Irish Council, but at the minute, apart from it being merely another forum for Salmond to blast his latest invective at Westminster, I can't really see that many tangible concrete results or even proposals arising from it that would justify such a building.
So, bearing in mind how well everyone seems to be getting along with each other, why aren't the Unionist parties (and not just ones from Northern Ireland) pushing for the kind of the supra-national legislative powers for the BIC that would justify such a capital outlay?