It's lucky Northern Ireland wasn't in Leaders' Debate
I endured ITV's 'Leaders' Debate' (notable for the absence of both the Conservative and Labour leaders in the debate). The unintentional consequence was to cast a greater light on the devolved countries of the UK.
England was represented by a smattering of the smaller parties, while both Nicola Sturgeon for the SNP and Leanne Wood of Plaid Cymru supplied the voice of the majority parties in their respective devolved governments, across a range of issues.
But what of Northern Ireland in this heady mix? Which party would supply the voice of government here - assuming we had one?
To be truly representative of a "Northern Ireland government voice" in the Leaders' Debate would have required at least the five largest political parties here to take to the stage to vociferously agree to differ on every policy issue raised.
Let's face it: Northern Ireland's exclusion from the ITV Leaders' Debate avoided the collective embarrassment of reminding the rest of the UK what a complete political joke we really are and what an utter failure mandatory coalition has turned out to be.