One of the joys of what I do (apart from the fact that my children think that all I actually do is sit at home, drink tea, eat ginger snaps and watch continuous loop Frasier while pretending to write) is that I’m paid to be rude.
While it has been well documented that paramilitary shootings are still taking place on a regular basis, it can only be alarming that the number of victims has doubled from 14 to 28 in the space of the last year.
Enda Kenny's remarkable political career has taken him from a lengthy period of relative obscurity on the back benches to becoming the longest serving Fine Gael taoiseach in history and also, having been first elected back in 1975, to be officially regarded as the `Father of the Dail.
Theresa May called this British general election on the specious grounds that she needed a strong mandate for her negotiating position on Brexit because the Opposition was frustrating her plans and, wait for it, determined to oppose them.
I can’t help feeling during this past few weeks that the two unionist parties do not need to do any canvassing for June 8. Mr Adams and Ms O’Neill have ensured that the level of anger among previously apathetic Protestant non voters is unprecedented.
An English Tory government is rearing up ahead, which means that unless Sinn Féin is ready for agreement with the DUP in the three weeks after June 8, this place for the foreseeable future is in for English Tory direct rule.