On the runs deal: Sordid and shabby or legal and proper?
Anyone looking at Dame Heather Hallett's review into On The Runs for an assessment of the moral righteousness of the government's approach to the peace process will be disappointed.
Judge Hallett describes the treatment of the On The Runs as "unprecedented".
However, she says it is for "others to judge whether or not the political imperative justified the introduction of this extraordinary... scheme for extraordinary circumstances".
She also declines to judge whether the confidentiality attached to the scheme was justified by concerns that publicity might have had a negative impact on the peace process.
Lady Justice Hallett notes that some regard the deal on paramilitary fugitives as sordid and shabby, whilst others maintain it is legal and proper.
North Belfast: Unionists call for inquiry into 'parades impasse'
The sight of unionists queuing up to sign a pledge evoked memories of the 1912 Ulster Covenant against Home Rule, albeit on a rather less dramatic scale.
If the joint unionist/Orange commitment to lawful protest helps ensure a peaceful 12 July, then it won't be just the PSNI Chief Constable who breathes a sigh of relief.
Parading: Two-line executive statement leaves much unsaid
Politicians like nothing more than to confound pundits.
So, I detected a sense of satisfaction on the part of First Minister Peter Robinson as he told reporters that, far from being a shouting match like the executive's heated meeting in May, the ministers' discussion of Ardoyne and other recent parades decisions had been calm and measured.
Pressure points and unintended consequences
Flags, parading and the past: No talks better than half-hearted try?
A period of relative calm at the Stormont Executive
After the shouting match that took place at last week's executive meeting, this week's discussions were rather more even-tempered.
Ministers talked about the threat posed by "legal high" drugs, but with a public apology already made, no-one re-visited the controversy over Islam.
NI European election result decided after marathon count
So three years after the last furore over delays to the Stormont Assembly poll and Northern Ireland bringing up the rear on the UK-wide AV referendum, we have all been subjected to another marathon count.
Is it all down to our proportional representation system which causes similar delays south of the border?
NI council election results completed and focus now on European results
With the council election results finished, and the European election count still to come, Mike Nesbitt can afford to relax and enjoy his Sunday.
This was the Ulster Unionist leader's first test at the ballot box and he's passed it with credit.
Vote 2014: Who's up and who's down after day one?
No local party has experienced a Nigel Farage-style surge, but the leaders with most to smile about seem to be the Ulster Unionist Mike Nesbitt and the TUV's Jim Allister.
Their candidates have polled well and there's the promise of more to come, for example from the UUP's Sonia Copeland in East Belfast.
NI21 candidates 'engage in pre-poll civil war'
Most new parties fighting elections crave publicity, as the broadcasters' guidelines based on previous electoral performance makes it hard for them to cut through.
However. the kind of publicity currently enveloping NI21 one day before the polls open cannot be categorised as anything other than a self-inflicted wound.