When local politicians pressed for the devolution of powers to the NI Assembly, few imagined that one of their pressing concerns would be weeds growing on the footpaths of the province.
That is the topic down for debate today but the Alliance Party is refusing to take part saying it is too trivial a matter at these times of economic crisis.
Alliance has a point. The parties should be finalising their programme for government, seeing how they can address the crises in education and health and pressing for tax incentives to lure investors to the province to create jobs and kick-start the economy. The problem of weeds is simple, just spray them with weed killer. That doesn't require a parliamentary debate.