YOU can plan for every eventuality then something comes out of left field and throws all your carefully constructed contingencies into chaos.
No matter what your political hue, no matter your community cry, it seems we now destined to live with that worst Chinese curse – to live in interesting times.
The best laid plans are awry, and now plans must be revived, amended and ultimately thrown away on a daily, if not hourly basis.
The devolution of policing and justice has been heralded for too long as the deal breaker, the final piece.
At the turn of the year few could have suspected that certain local politicians were being watched by an ever voracious media, preparing to unleash a storm of stories that some have dubbed the ‘perfect political storm’.
And, at the time of writing no-one, except those cloistered behind closed doors at Stormont Castle, can tell how close we are to witnessing the devolution of policing and justice or how close we are to real political collapse.