Now, that’s cabinet responsibility…

Peter Robinson has come to the aid of Executive colleague Michelle Gildernew who’s been shipping serious criticism from his party colleague and chair of the Agriculture committee, Willie McCrea, for selling off public land:

“We have a crazy situation where a couple of weeks ago the Ulster Farmers Union and others were saying we have a crisis here. We have to find the funds for the farm nutrient management scheme. Yet she is attacked when she takes action to do it. Now you cannot have it both ways – saying we need the money and then criticising people for doing that.

“There seems to be among some people a culture of a direct rule mindset – shouting for money and not coming up with the solutions to fix the problem.”

Perhaps someone should speak to Conor?

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