Social Democrats triumvirate always lacked the one voice
First there were three - then there were two - eventually there can only be one. Stephen Donnelly's decision to call time on the Social Democrats' self-serving leadership experiment was always going to happen sooner rather than later.
It proves once again the enduring truth of the an adage: Much may change - but the gut instincts of human nature remain a constant no matter what.
When Deputies Róisín Shortall, Catherine Murphy and himself came up with their bizarre, and ultimately doomed, three-way shared-leadership wheeze, it was a trick too clever by half.