It’s like the Newsletter’s Edwina Curry to be Secretary of State story from many years ago. It had a ring of authenticity ... and if someone had run a story saying Peter Mandelson would be NI Secretary of State on April 1st, it would have had the same incredulous reaction!
“The DUP and Sinn Fein have asked the Northern Ireland Secretary to move out of his offices at Stormont.
In a letter signed by Ian Paisley and Martin McGuinness, Peter Hain was asked to vacate his office before power sharing begins in early May.
It is thought to be the first ever letter jointly drafted and signed by Democratic Unionists and Sinn Fein politicians.
Mr Hain told Broadcasting House on BBC Radio 4 he would be delighted to leave.”