Should Gerry Adams take a leaf from Camilla's book?
Under questioning from a juvenile interrogator (always the worst) the Duchess of Cornwall responded to the tricky issue of "Are you going to be Queen one day?" with the fairly woolly, "You never know".
Roughly translated what this means is: "Too right I will, dearie. But if I come right out and say that's the case I'm going to find myself in a media maelstrom. So best just to hedge it for now."
Could this be a way forward for Gerry to that persistent question that has dogged him throughout the current election battle down South?
"Were you ever in the IRA?"
Ironically, the election in the Republic is on February 25. Ironic because that was the date in 1978 that Gerry was charged here with IRA membership. (The case was later dismissed on the grounds of insufficient evidence.)
And yet all these years later people are still questioning him about it. Why is it that the outright denial he has issued time and time again just doesn't seem to convince?
Would Camilla-style vagueness work better? Actually, the Camilla's Careful Response might work for a whole range of public figures.
Silvio Berlusconi, will you survive your latest scandal? You never know ...
David Cameron, will you ever fall out with Nick Clegg? You never know ...
Cheryl Cole, will you get back with Ashley? Kate Moss, will your Big Day eclipse the Royal Wedding? Victoria Beckham will you design either dress? Katie Price will you trump them all with a third wedding to put Brand Jordan firmly back in the limelight?
Honestly. You really never know.