A week of U-turns and donuts
It will go down in the history books as the week of the U-turn. Mary Lou McDonald started it on Tuesday when she announced that Sinn Fein was open for business and would be the best little party in Ireland to go into coalition with. Then Gerry U-turned with her, casually explaining that he never really bought into that whole notion of a left-wing government anyway.
To say people had whiplash would be an understatement. One was reminded of Father Dougal: "Sure it's no more peculiar than all that stuff we learned in the seminary, you know, heaven and hell and everlasting life and all that type of thing. You're not meant to take it seriously, Ted!"
Mary Lou and Gerry presumably went into the real leaders of Sinn Fein to explain: "Ah, come on guys! That left-wing stuff is just like all that United Ireland stuff and Brits Out and Nationalism. You're not supposed to take it seriously!"