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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