Ominous rumble emerges from Leargas (clear the decks for an election?)….

Well folks this is politics… and Northern Irish politics only seems to know it is alive when it’s teetering on the brink of disaster… First of all the Unionists corral with the Tories in London, and now Gerry Adams is beating the sectarian drum… This is what the Sinn Fein leader has this to say on his blog:

The power sharing institutions have demonstrated their capacity to work, make local government more accountable and accessible and change peoples lives for the better.

But no one should underestimate the determination of unionism, allied to the political system – the so-called permanent government – which is still mainly unionist at its most senior levels – to prevaricate and stall and delay. To oppose change.

So, where are we now? There has been no product thus far as a result of the negotiations.

The Ard Chomahirle meets tomorrow and will hear a report on all this. The time has long passed for the transfer of powers on policing and justice. There can be no preconditions to that. Not on the Parades Commission; not on marches; not on equality and partnership government.

Have the institutions of this indigenous deal proved they can work? Or is this just another re-run of the Restaurant at the End of the Universe? More fun to follow tomorrow’s Ard Chomhairle meeting… When we can play more quess what happens next? And what’s to become of the SDLP, now riderless courtesy of Mark Durkan’s five month farewell promenade?

In the round, the call for fresh elections would be a good move for Sinn Fein who’ve fought to stand still with the DUP trying to wriggle out of the legal trap set for them in that ‘indigenous deal’ that Mr Adams told us no one should interfere with St Andrews Agreement…

But we’ll wait till Monday to see what actually happens…. I’ll be on Evening Extra around six with some of my initial thoughts… Alisdair McD is on after five presumably trying to explain away his own party’s now precarious position, should an election take place…

Just remember Barney Rowan’s sage government insider who warned that if Sinn Fein do what people think they are going to do (ir call an election to split unionism and soak up a few seats themselves) they risk winning the battle but losing the war…

There are no risk free strategies for anyone from here on in…

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty