Reminder that politics is a serious business
The opening days of the election campaign have hardly had us quivering with excitement - the first TV debate had the gravitas of a dismal Punch and Judy kiosk. Strings may have been pulled but the public's imagination will not have been animated.
Given the dull, self-serving nature of the exchanges, this is hardly surprising. Yet, the sinister developments in the criminal world over the past few days ought to shatter any complacency about the primacy of politics and the danger of taking democracy for granted.
Those who would disengage from or disregard the election as a sideshow, that merely moves from hope to disillusion every four or five years, might think again.