Psst.. Don’t tell Gordon.

Not content with preparing an apology for every photo-opportunity that appears in his in-tray, the Secretary of State for Wales etc, Peter Hain is to offer bread and circuses free TV licences and bus passes.. among other things – exact definitions of who would qualify, and subsequent cost to public funds, yet to be revealed.. This time last year the same Peter Hain declared – “I want to see public expenditure targeted on those areas that will enable Northern Ireland to take its place as a highly competitive region with a growing and vibrant economy where public services are delivered in the most cost effective way to meet the needs of the community”. But, of course, that was then.. and here.. How is that campaign going, btw?..