On the dire circumstance of politicians as ‘wee boys just minding the shop’…

I think Alex is annoyed

I don’t expect the Executive parties to like each other. Heavens, I’m well aware that half the members of one party don’t actually like the other half of their own party! But I expect them to respect each other enough to govern together.

It’s what they signed up to do in 1998 and what the DUP and Sinn Fein signed up to do in 2007 and again with the Fresh Start agreement a few months ago.

I’m sick to death of the “it’s better than it used to be” mantra that accompanies any criticism; and even more miffed (yes, I still don’t want you choking) when critics are accused of undermining peace and progress.

I sometimes wonder if our leaders would have expected Mrs Lincoln to have emerged from the Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865 and announce to the press: “But apart from that, it was actually a rather enjoyable evening and a very well acted play.”

Or put another way, get on with the governing, and quit just minding the shop (for which you are paid handsomely so to do)…

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  • chrisjones2

    I wouldn’t mind if they did mind the shop. As it stands they seem determined to split it into two branches sitting side by side on the one site, doubling up everything, painting different halves different colours and spending all day squabbling while the customers go to hell

  • Heather Richardson

    And in one branch of the shop some of the wee boys are sniggering about the girls, and making snide comments to compensate for the fact that they’re really rather afraid of them…

  • murdockp

    The shop wouldn’t exist for long if they minded it. They would buy the wrong stock choosing a preference for orange and green items which would not be popular with customers.

    They would probably over staff the shop with their cronies and employ too many special advisors and consultants to help them buy things like EPOS systems and to dress the windows and dual language labels for all goods.

    Operation wise they will probably close during the times of peak trade, and close for both sets of bank holidays and Christian religious days of worship. Out of hours opening is a certainty given the overtime opportunities.

    The shop will eventually be lossmaking s they give all the stock away for free to people on benefits and a failure to target shoplifting and criminality happening on their watch.

    Eventually the shop will go bust when land and property services arrive a year late and send them a backdated rates bill for £1000,000,000,000.

  • Brendan Heading

    Alex is absolutely right.

    The Executive, as a body, had no hand, act or part in the peace. It needs to be convincingly better at governing than direct rule in order to maintain public support.

  • chrisjones2

    …and especially of Arlene it seems

  • Kevin Breslin

    In Europe we are seeing a rampant decline in social democracy, civic democracy and direct democracy in some cases. The state deprived of resources relies heavily on the private sector to stimulate production and innovation. It is easy to make policy easier to make than other things we need.

    We don’t live in what people would call an innovative society, and our politicians emerge from that society, he who is without the sin of being unproductive or counterproductive by all means throw the first stone, but I doubt many people here would. We’d vote for a politician that strokes our egos over a boring social innovator who’s worked first hand at getting NEETs a second chance into work. Perhaps that’s for the better, perhaps the latter can do more where he or she is than arguing for resources in the Assembly.

    This is a society that has been accused of being “Spongers” wanting “Handouts”, a member of the C.B.I. addressed Northern Ireland people as being great at “Work for Someone else” bad at “Work for yourself”.Where’s the “Maker” culture emerging here, this place that was once so famous for its industry? Where’s our capacity to ration, this place where people at war had to do with so very little?
    If people want a more socialist market, where’s the Co-operatives, where’s the social innovation and enterprise, where’s the ambitions for the modern day versions of Cuba’s healthcare system, or even constrained Soviet Russian engineering? If people want a more capitalist markets, why are they not buying shares in Research and Development projects, why are they not setting up the small scale industries that stimulate the economy.

    Where’s the social ambition for change? Where’s the whole mentality of being the change you want to see being proposed by Ghandi?

    People are going to criticize the politicians for being patriarchal or matriarchal, particularly on issues like abortions etc. but when it comes to issues like the economy and public services, that’s exactly what we want the politicians to be, a “parent” for us, either libertarian hands off parent or a socialist hands on one.

    Should we not be surprised how natural it is that we are often voting simply in the name of a fatherland or a motherland which protects either view to absolution?

    Neither viewpoint takes from the responsibilities that we have to ourselves or our society.

    Is our society so addicted to consumerism and materialism it can no longer fathom how many goods are produced from raw materials?

    At the end of the day the politicans may man the shop, but they are only selling the goods that we make.

  • Dominic Hendron

    Here’s to an emerging neo punk generation: the Pisstoffs

  • barnshee

    ” people want a more socialist market, where’s the Co-operatives, where’s the social innovation and enterprise, where’s the ambitions for the modern day versions of Cuba’s healthcare system, or even constrained Soviet Russian engineering? If people want a more capitalist markets, why are they not buying shares in Research and Development projects, why are they not setting up the small scale industries that stimulate the economy.

    Where’s the social ambition for change? Where’s the whole mentality of being the change you want to see being proposed by Ghandi?”

    Why would they -a degree of enthusiastic procreation -get access to housing family support etc . A rattle at education -free -will help get ” a government job” not quite the sinecure of the past but above average salaries and silver if not gold plated conditions of service. Or take you chance in the private sector? I don`t think so

  • sadie

    Very accurate and witty.