That two-word description above was a reference to Stormont – the words chosen by an MLA to describe the corridors of Parliament Buildings that he walked a few days ago.
He was chatting on the phone afterwards; a conversation in which there was no suggestion of any likelihood or possibility of an agreement to end the now months-long standoff on the political hill.
Rather, the conversation was about other options; another election if only to avoid all-out direct-rule or the two governments producing their way forward.
“This RHI stuff is coming back soon and that’s going to cause problems – the reminder of it all,” he said in a reference to the public inquiry.
On Sunday Sinn Fein northern leader Michelle O’Neill called for a formal resumption of talks on August 28th and said they should be focused and time limited. Two tweets from Simon Hamilton set out the DUP position:
Also on Sunday Ulster Unionist leader Robin Swann said if Sinn Fein “red lines” remain in place it is “difficult to see how progress can be made”.
Nothing has happened in the months since the resignation of the late Martin McGuinness as deputy first minister to suggest that what is broken can be fixed.
Not easily. Not quickly.
A close watcher of this Stormont play – not a politician – offered this assessment: “No impetus. No energy. No drive.”
He asked: “Where’s the backlash?” In other words the public fallout after these many months of nothing.
Writing on this website in recent days, two MLAs used a few words that summarised this continuing stalemate.
Green Party deputy leader Clare Bailey said there had been “no meaningful negotiation” for months and therefore “no point” in her being at Stormont.
Instead, her focus has been on work within her south Belfast constituency and on the rights issues that are key to fixing a broken Stormont, including marriage equality.
In another article at eamonnmallie.com, SDLP leader Colum Eastwood wrote:
“So as far as the Stormont talks go, the summary reads – we are where we are and we are where we were.”
In other words, nothing has moved. Still stuck – frozen and no sign of any thaw.
“I don’t see this Assembly going anywhere in the short term,” another source commented.
He spoke about “drift” – “no enthusiasm”.
So, what does all of this suggest?
That politics is lost in a type of spaghetti junction. No map. No directions. No vision.
The talks battles will continue on those issues of Irish language, legacy and marriage equality, but not just these matters.
Brexit and RHI are part of this political stew – part of what has turned Stormont’s Parliament Buildings into this Ghost House.