Brian Feeney backs the Secretary of State all the way when he suggested that the Northern Ireland economy was not standing on its own two feet. He reckons that five billion pounds subvention is what is producing the illusion of prosperity in Northern Ireland. And he beleives that even when local politicians of all stripes where in power, they did little other than fill the brief handed them by senior civil servants. Even if there is a returning to devolved adminstration it may take some time before they get beyond the displacement activity of the old increasingly cold potatoes and get down to make the necessary tough decisions.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty