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I think in Northern Ireland it's a unique government because it's a mandatory coalition after the Good Friday Agreement, so there is a degree of unanimity in government which doesn't create an adversarial parliament. Very often, and this has been said by many people in Northern Ireland, the press is actually the official opposition, so that puts us in a slightly different position, which means that we see ourselves as a critical friend, but decisions are made in a slightly different way within the executive of five, and the way that we're governed doesn't really allow a situation where we could favour one or the other.

We're effectively putting them all to task within the context, of course, of where we come in Northern Ireland and where we are and the fact that the government is actually working and devolution is actually working. We have to be careful. A critical friend is how we see it, but in terms of parties we are really sort of on behalf of our readers trying to expose what's going on in Stormont and how far we have to go. It's a fairly simple relationship.

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