We're barely into the new year and the Labour and Tory parties have already begun electioneering while the Lib Dems petulantly stamp their feet and grumble on the start line because the starter hasn't fired his starting pistol yet.
Actually, the starting pistol isn't even loaded yet and the starter isn't in the stadium because Gordon Brown refuses to say when the election will be even though we all know it has to be held in the first half of this year.
It's as if he fears he will be handing his opponents some advantage by naming the day, but he's got to do it sooner or later - and the longer he leaves it the more the nation feels like it is in limbo and effectively drifting without anyone at the wheel.
But that is typical of modern politics where the personal and party ambitions of the politicians are put ahead of national security and prosperity. The only certain thing we can be sure of in this election is that the future of the people and nation of Britain will be the last thing the mainstream politicians of Labour, Tory and Lib Dems think about.