It was surprising to learn that Irish Labour was once moderately active North of the Border, securing one Westminster seat and three Stormont MPs, before an argument with Gerry Fitt appears to have been the main reason for the cessation of cross-border activity. Of course, the fraternal relationship with the SDLP is usually cited as the primary factor why such an action would be necessary, but greater co-ordination or merging of activities could revitalise politics on both sides of the border, even if the overall target demographic would hardly increase. Against such a proposition, the fusion of two conservative, aging, middle-class leadership would hardly be the impetus for political innovation, nor would it address the mutual existential challenge of Sinn Féin. So, a realistic option or a recipe for mutual redundancy?