Just put us down for 90, Leo
It's back-to-school time for politicians. The long crazy summer-school season - whereby those who can't function outside the political bubble can stay in it, but in a more 'fun' way, by listening to speeches by off-duty economists about what Willie Clancy would have thought of Brexit, before getting book recommendations from Paschal Donohoe at the bar afterwards - finished up during the week, and will now be replaced by think-ins and away-days in preparation for the real thing.
So to kick off the season, here are our political predictions for the next year or so:
For the first one, we're going to go out on a limb. Predictions are a mug's game but we're going to stick our neck out here and say that we think Gerry Adams will be elected leader of Sinn Fein again. As reluctant as he is, he has, as he says, allowed his name to go forward again. We're backing that no one else's name will be allowed go forward and that Gerry will win his 34th straight victory. The only thing we could see scuppering Gerry's chances would be if someone young, with some new ideas, decided to run against him, but we are confident they will all have been bullied out of the party by the time the Ard Fheis comes around. To be clear, there is no culture of bullying in Sinn Fein.