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STORMONT Trekkie and UUP chief whip David McNarry has told the DUP Finance Minister to “Get your lawyers ready for this one Peter, you are on Hansard” after he was accused by Robinson of plagiarising a speech on the fishing industry by Robinson’s wife, Iris. The DUP man replied: “I am going to and in the clearest possible terms, indeed Mr Deputy Speaker, can I challenge the member to take any legal action he wants.” Robbo has reasons to be smarmy. For one, you don’t need lawyers if it’s in Hansard, since it’s protected by parliamentary privilege. And secondly, even if the accusation was made outside the Assembly, anyone with eyes in their head can see that large parts of McNarry’s speech (in the comments here) bear more than a passing resemblance to Iris’s.