As a Minister from Dublin was attending the annual conference of the Democratic Unionist Party (frankly, what else does he any longer have to do?), and as Peter Robinson was telling it almost banally that most Catholics in Northern Ireland were now happy inside the Union, the Editor of the Irish Daily Star was being sacked for having printed risqué photographs of the Duchess of Cambridge.
"She's not the future Queen of Ireland," he had previously told the BBC. Really? Manifestly, she already has more power in Dublin than she has in London. And when it comes to her becoming the Queen of anywhere, we are talking about the middle of the century.
Enjoy the NHS. You have had to wait long enough for it. But may we enjoy the return of proper controls on abortion and divorce? Let that be the deal.