Brian Walker muses on a number of interesting subjects this week, including the highly poluting flights to Belfast and Dublin! However he notes the Eurosceptic common ground between the DUP and Sinn Fein, but wonders if they’re not taking some benefits for granted:
Interesting to see DUP, Unionist and Sinn Fein MEPs in chiming unity, even if only to oppose the doomed EU constitutional treaty. With our own version of the European bonanza set to slow down over the next couple of years, it’s easier now to kick the whole project in the teeth. But it’s worth remembering that Northern Ireland has benefited from Peace Funds to the tune of £350m in six years and double that from structural funds. Farm subsidies will continue at similar levels, but for countryside management rather than unwanted food production.
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