I'm just off air after this week's Inside Politics. Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness wouldn't give away his party's exact pecking order when it comes to departments, preferring to play his cards close to his chest rather than confirm speculation they might choose an economic portfolio ahead of education.
He didn't seem in the mood to offer to extend the cross community system for electing the Justice Minister beyond its expiry date of May 2012. Instead he argued that Sinn Fein had passed every test which had been set for it when it comes to policing and justice. Mr McGuinness said he would tackle the issue with Peter Robinson after the election, by which time the clock will be ticking towards yet another peace process deadline.
When I asked the Deputy First Minister whether he'd put a foot wrong in claiming that the murdered Constable Ronan Kerr would have been a Sinn Fein voter he claimed that liberties had been taken in the reports of his comments. However I was able to point out that audio has been posted on the internet, backing the reports up.
Finally we discussed whether, given the evidence of dissident activity in East Tyrone, it is wise to press ahead with the construction of a police training college near Cookstown. Mr McGuinness maintained the project still made sense in security as well as political terms.
I also talked to Jim Allister, the TUV leader, who reiterated his opposition to the Stormont system and repeated his belief that the lack of an opposition puts Northern Ireland on a par with North Korea. I also raised with Mr Allister press reports that the Queen will deliver an apology for the 1920 Croke Park massacre whilst visiting Dublin next month. Mr Allister thinks that, if she does, this will be unwise and believes the series of apologies have been all one way (not surprisingly Martin McGuinness didn't share that perspective).
Finally I talked to the Socialist Party's Paddy Meehan. The Socialists (who previously were known as the Militant Tendency working within the Labour party) only got 473 votes when they stood in the 2007 Assembly elections. However they point to the recent Dail elections, in which they got 2 TDs elected, and hope that their opposition to any cuts will pay dividends. Mr Meehan reckons the participation of left wing parties in the election serves to expose the Stormont parties' attitude to the cuts as words rather than actions.
As I write the Politics Show is on air, with an outside broadcast from Omagh and a report by Yvette Shapiro on whether the Stormont structures will ever change. If you didn't catch it, there's another chance to tune in to the repeat on BBC1 tonight at 11.25pm