The old leaders of Sinn Fein just won't let go
Last week, among the British political parties licking their wounds were Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the SDLP and Sinn Fein. Labour lost 48 seats and the Liberal Democrats 49: Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg resigned immediately.
Leadership elections are being organised and the parties are having a fundamental debate about what went wrong and how they should adapt their thinking in the light of new realities.
Differences are being aired and alternative visions are being presented to the membership. It's painful, but it's what political parties do when the electorate spurns them.