Time politicians broke cycle of this bad behaviour
The spat between the DUP and TUV, sparked off by angry exchanges at Stormont between First Minister Peter Robinson and TUV leader Jim Allister, is symptomatic of the often juvenile behaviour of local politicians.
Invariably these disagreements end up with threats of legal action and also bad blood.
Little wonder that the electorate seems to grow more disillusioned with politics by the day.
Some people have likened these arguments – which occur between all parties – as Northern Ireland's Groundhog Day.
But that misses the central point of that comedy film. In the end the central character is able to break the seemingly eternal time loop by changing his behaviour and becoming a better person.
Sadly there is no sign of our politicians following his example and behaving better.