Shenanigans passed for talks
From sworn enemies to 'Chuckle Brothers' and back into the arms of their respective hard men, the tribal leadership of the North's two main political parties has once again demonstrated an inability to act in the true interests of the people they claim to represent.
The Northern Assembly, yet again, teeters on the brink of dissolution. On this occasion, the depth of outright hostility and mistrust was paraded in front of the world's media.
Ludicrous press statements from Northern Secretary Shaun Woodward that a deal was imminent simply added to the disappointment.