Surprise, surprise, there's stalemate at Stormont.
They can't even agree on a simple measure to save lives in Northern Ireland. They can't even agree to follow the advice of their specialist health advisors. They can't even observe what measures are being taken around Europe and do likewise. They're less decisive than a US election.
The DUP wants partial re-opening and appears prepared to play the percentages. Other parties want to maintain the current restrictions. Naomi Long has proposed a breathing space which was taken up by Robin Swann but vetoed by the DUP.
The truth is, however, that just continuing to do what we're doing isn't going to be enough.
Every jurisdiction in these islands, national governments and devolved administrations alike, has been tested in 2020. In Northern Ireland, more than Brexit, more than dissidents, it's Covid-19 that has proved that our power-sharing Executive just doesn't work.
Instead, we seemed doomed to live in some kind of Petri dish, where the disease is allowed to run rampant. We have to watch the number of infected care homes rise. We have to watch hospital capacity reach crisis point. The truth is the pandemic iceberg was hit weeks ago here. This place is sinking and our politicians are running around the decks. Some of them are looking for lifeboats. Others are looking for a wet bar.
The worst performing region in these two islands is the one we are living in. At a time when we need emergency action, we're getting people trying to get away with doing the absolute minimum - what the medics now agree is too little, too late.
When other places rapidly moved to severe lockdowns, we called it an extra week's school holiday. The sense was we were doubling up, not doubling down. Yes, the hospitality industry and some other businesses faced restrictions, but it never really felt like it was the shutdown of April and May.
Which is remarkable because the infection rates in Northern Ireland were the highest in Europe.
Compare how we've been faring with our nearest neighbour, the Republic, with whom we share a land border and which recently moved to a level five lockdown.
Yesterday there eight deaths here; on Nov 10, 11 deaths; Nov 9, 10 deaths; Nov 8, seven deaths; Nov 7, 15 deaths; Nov 6, eight deaths; Nov 5, 12 deaths; Nov 4, 10 deaths.
Over the same period in the Republic, yesterday there were two deaths; 16 deaths; one death; two deaths; five deaths; eight deaths; three deaths and eight deaths. Taking into account the disparity in populations - 1.8 million in NI; almost 5 million in RoI - our figures are utterly disgraceful.
Right now the Executive cannot even decide to continue with the limited restrictions already in place, even while other jurisdictions are ramping up restrictions - and while the current measures in Northern Ireland are simply not working.
Last night brought the tragic news that one family had lost three members to coronavirus in the past week, including a man in his 50s who worked for the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.
And sadly, at the current rate, we are going to reach the grim milestone of 1,000 deaths by the end of this month.
If there needed to be additional resources found to cover increased lockdown and closure of businesses, our politicians should have demanded those from Westminster.
I know very well the arguments about the impact on small businesses, the family-run firms that are struggling, the importance of routines that keep the economy going.
But these things are not being threatened by the restrictions. They're being threatened by the pandemic. Crucially, making the right decisions now could save the festive season for them.
Otherwise tragedies like the family mourning three loved ones today could become the only Christmas story for far too many.