How many politicians does it take to fail to build some houses? The answer is 65 - 63 councillors in Dublin City Council to agree a plan and two TDs in the Department of Housing to rip it up and start again.
Yesterday in the House of Commons, all of the major political parties expressed a desire to hold a general election - and last night they finally agreed on something and election day is set for December 12.
The utter farce that is politics in Northern Ireland was laid bare on Monday when unionist MLAs attempted to revive the Stormont Assembly for the first time in nearly three years for one express purpose - to deny women and members of the LGBT community autonomy over their own lives.
The constructive ambiguity that fosters peace between two distinct communities in Northern Ireland was dealt another blow this week when an Upper Tribunal revealed an uncomfortable truth: the British state regards people born in Northern Ireland, to a British or Irish citizen parent, as British - even if they don't want to be.
Boris Johnson is using a gullible political and media class to frame the Brexit debate in a way that amplifies his divisive election strategy. They don't have to play along. In fewer than 12 hours yesterday, two anonymous press briefings from No 10 sent the UK media into convulsions and enraged Irish politicians and members of the European Commission.
The press conference between Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson in Dublin on Monday underscored an interesting development. The stereotype, long prevalent in England, of the Irish as being uncouth, slovenly oiks has now been reversed.
Anyone who still harbours optimistic delusions about the capacity of the British body politic to see sense and halt its act of national hara-kiri need only read two articles in yesterday's papers to disabuse themselves of that misplaced positivity.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has a novel way of approaching Brexit negotiations with the EU - holding a gun to the UK's head and threatening to shoot unless he gets everything he wants.
Boris Johnson and his cabinet of Brexit Death Eaters are determined to drive the UK out of the EU and over a cliff. The man tasked with stopping them is Jeremy Corbyn. Truly, we are all doomed.
Former French president Georges Pompidou once said: "There are three roads to ruin: women, gambling and technicians. The most pleasant is with women, the quickest is with gambling but the surest is with technicians."
If there was ever any doubt that politics in Northern Ireland exists in some kind of bizarre twilight zone, the controversy over Tyrone GAA players singing a rebel song on their team bus should put that to rest. DUP leader Arlene Foster (below left) felt so strongly about the footage of some players singing 'Come Out Ye Black and Tans' as a band parade passed their bus in Aughnacloy on Saturday that she wrote an opinion piece for the 'Belfast Telegraph' calling for "meaningful action" to be taken against those involved.
The scale of the rental cri sis was underscored yesterday when 19 new locations were designated rent pressure zones (RPZs) - meaning 65pc of rented accommodation across the country is now in an area with unsustainable increases.
The premiership of Boris Johnson represents a serious threat to this country - a threat that was outlined in an IMF report this week. According to it, Ireland is "uniquely vulnerable to a no-deal Brexit" and a fiscal stimulus may be required "depending on the severity of the downturn in the broader economy".
Who better to explain the dispute between the UK and Ireland over an uninhabited rock in the North Atlantic than the Wolfe Tones, who released the rousing 'Rock on, Rockall' in 1973.
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