These people are not as we are. They are on another plane of existence: The Belfast Telegraph, today: "Following a meeting with his Irish ministerial counterpart, Dermot Ahern, last night, Mr Hain was asked when any return of a power-sharing administration could be anticipated. "Well, I have said all along is that I don't think this will happen in weeks but it cannot happen in years. Northern Ireland cannot be caught paralysed politically for a long period of time. ," he added." This man's acute grasp of the facts continues to astonish me. No need for any further comment, folks. Hain's statement - and presence as Northern Irish Secretary - stands as a granite monument to his political party's ineptitude (and dishonesty, disloyalty and downright cowardice) on the issue.