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They've not set a date yet...

By David Elliot

Published 16/12/2011

Like a young suitor who's heard nothing from his sweetheart after the first date, the Stormont Executive tentatively tried again - and had the preening Treasury round to the house for a bite to eat.

We're not sure who was cooking, but it would appear the hosts were nervous the glamorous Treasury had gone cold on allowing Stormont to set its own corporation tax. Martin McGuinness in particular was edgy - but it seems the Executive's wooing didn't go unnoticed.

Martin said the Treasury seemed to have warmed up considerably on proposals while Peter (there are a few people in this relationship) said he was very content, thank you.

The Secretary of State, acting as a chaperone, revealed they had discussed how to move the relationship forward.

It's clear we can afford the dowry, so the sooner we get a ring on the finger of the Treasury the better.

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