The Liberal Democrats are in a policy muddle. They had pledged that they would oppose government proposals to impose the abolition of grammar schools in Northern Ireland by voting against the Education Order in the House of Lords. Now they have changed their minds. Their apparent reasoning is that the passing of the order might spur the province's politicians into ending Groundhog Day and actually get devolution up and running in time to repeal the order. And pigs might fly.
Eric Forth famously believed in grammar schools - I wonder if the Lib Dems in Bromley & Chislehurst are campaigning against them there?
One thought strikes me - are the Lib Dems mad enough to try a risk strategy? The Liberal Democrat chief Northern Ireland spokesperson is none other than the backing of death, Lembit Öpik himself. This wouldn't be the Lib Dems wising up to his ability to curse every cause he backs? Or is that hope too far?