Anyone who thought that the Northern Ireland Executive would put a cost in the margin against each of the commitments in New Decade, New Approach and the Treasury would write a cheque for the total, has little understanding of how public finances work.
So what was the past three years all about? After over a thousand days of being on strike (with full pay, unlike the healthcare workers, whose wages were docked on day one) our intrepid leaders are back around the trough – sorry, back at work.
How can the executive parties have failed to pin down any funding before agreeing to New Decade, New Approach? Stormont deals are usually published with financial annexes, itemising UK and Irish government support.