BBC NI’s Politics Show had intended to introduce the three latest recruits to the NI Assembly, one Ulster Unionist, one Sinn Féin and one SDLP – each selected by their parties rather than elected by the public. But only two turned up. Regarding the absence of the [next] Sinn Féin MLA, Jim Fitzpatrick explained – “the party isn’t putting anyone in front of cameras or microphones at the moment”. Not for a live discussion anyway. Sinn Féin similarly failed to put anyone forward to discuss the devolution of policing and justice powers on Stormont Live this week – not even their favourite fire-fighter John O’Dowd. But what is the party frightened of? Clarity on the latest “crisis”? Clarity within their constituency? Or some “stupid” questions from a “skitter” revealing that they’ve been “talking themselves into a corner” while making no progress on the issue itself?