Once again, blaming 'themmuns' for everything works in the North
The result of the election is that the political landscape now looks even more divided, writes Eilis O'Hanlon
Northern Ireland didn't need an election. It needed a government. It still does, but the results of Thursday's Assembly elections make it even more unlikely that it will get one.
Instead, the likely result of Sinn Fein getting an electoral fillip on the back of collapsing Stormont is British direct rule for the indefinite future.
That's not to take away from SF's success. To increase the number of seats in an Assembly that was shrinking in size, ending up nearly level with the DUP, is a remarkable achievement and, selfishly speaking, fully vindicates the party's decision to pull the plug on power-sharing.