Election will return the same useless MLAs
We all hoped that it had gone away, but the vitriol at Stormont was just hidden for a while.
The real issue here is not about an election, but the consequences that will follow it.
The last few weeks have surely exposed what a rag-bag of philistine MLAs the Northern Ireland electorate are represented by, and any statements which have been uttered were never more than perfunctory.
Their infantile behaviour over the last few months have been beset by a heating scandal, intransigence, bloody-mindedness, acts of contrition on television, complaints about Union flag labels on potato bags and crass ridicule of the Irish language.
It beggars belief how these people ever considered themselves fit for public life.
The election presents an opportunity for them to resign and take up another line of work.
But history suggests a return to the miserable status quo.