Public has no desire for another election
The last thing Northern Ireland needs is an election.
If our governing parties are unable to reach agreement on the terms and conditions for an independent, robust, transparent RHI inquiry, under oath, they will surrender their authority to govern and the Secretary of State should step in to suspend the institutions while negotiations to resolve the impasse are undertaken.
The court of public opinion has no appetite for an election and will perceive it to be a wasteful distraction and an abdication of responsibility to govern in the best interests of the electorate.
It is imperative that the machinery of government continues to function, or we may be confronted by the prospect of a period of direct rule from Westminster.