Sammy Wilson goes into bat for the DUP.
With his customary predilection for hyperbole – he twice within the space of two sentences accuses McGuinness of having a Stalinist vision over education reform. But he also raises serious shortcomings in the institutions established under the Belfast Agreement.
Roughly speaking these are: the power and scope of the First and Deputy First Minster’s Office – the target for almost 50% of the article; lack of accountability of Minsters, particularly to the committees charged with overseeing their work; and a similar charge of unaccountability against the cross-border bodies.
He finishes by suggesting that Ministers rule by dictat, but doesn’t say whether his own party’s representatives are more or less guilty than those of others.
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