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Jam, jam, jam, jam..

Sun 3 May 2009, 6:44pm

With the Northern Ireland Regional Development Minister leaking his own proposal to defer water charges again, BBC NI political correspondent Martina Purdy employs some visual aids to look at whether the NI Executive’s ‘jam for everyone’ approach can, or should, survive the economic crisis. Interesing positioning from Sinn Féin’s Mitchel McLaughlin given that the First and deputy First Ministers, and the Finance Minister, declined to be interviewed about the economy, while DUP MLA Simon Hamilton is sent to man the trench again with some, possibly fictitious, figures on restructuring the administration. The SDLP deploy Declan O’Loan with their suggestions and UUP MLA David McNarry remains sceptical about the Finance Minister’s calculations. Also returning is Ulster Bank economist Richard Ramsey with his concerns about those “unrealistic” projections. And, yes. That is a ticking sound.

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Comments (4)

  1. The Impartial Observer says:

    How typical!

    The collapse of Workplace 2010 has left a smoking crater in the Programme for Government so huge it’s been implicated in the extinction of the dinosaurs! But still they’re promising that there’ll be no water charges nor spending cuts. You don’t need to be a genius to spot the impending train wreck! Take it from me as someone who works in the civil service that there is monumental waste caused by staff and procedures created purely to justify the little empires of middle managers! If you’re prepared to face down the vested interests in the civil service then you can achieve major savings while at the same time not impacting on frontline services. To do this of course you will need politicians of courage and with a clear sense of purpose. Hopefully our Executive is full of people like that…

    BANG! OUCH! I really should look out for those flying pigs more often!

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  2. Mirko says:

    Good post Paul B

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  3. blinding says:

    jeez the politicians are sure living the good life.
    Let them eat cake.

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  4. Still they’re promising that there’ll be no water charges nor spending cuts. You don’t need to be a genius to spot the impending train wreck! Take it from me as someone who works in the civil service that there is monumental waste caused by staff and procedures created purely to justify the little empires of middle managers!

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