How ingenious was that?

The DUP Finance Minister, Peter Robinson, was quick to praise the ingenuity of Sinn Féin Minister, Michelle Gildernew, selling off the family silver publicly owned land to fund other priorities.. but he found £5million quickly enough to provide the funds to pay off compensate those affected by the recent flooding. As the BBC’s Mark Devenport pointed out, it definitely wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that a lot of those affected are in his own constituency..

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  • joeCanuck

    Bit too early for suggestive comment Pete?
    One swallow …..

  • Gerry Lvs Castro

    Ah the glory days of Stormont…

  • Sounds like sensible coalition politics from both ministers. Don’t see the problem myself.

  • Dev

    A bit off topic but….this is the forth or fifth post I’ve read on slugger which has made me think how strange it is that the hot topics in ulster politics are now relatively mundane(in comparison to what we had before). Don’t get me wrong, normality is great, if a little boring, but it feels like we’re through the looking glass here people! Long may it continue!

  • Mick Fealty

    Absolutely. Although it remains to be seen whether it acts as sufficient catalyst to the major parties to develop distinctive offerings re what they plan to do, or not do in the following term.

  • strategist

    Sammy

    It may or may not be sensible coalition politics, we just dont know. It seems to be all done in a hurry, without real thought. What we dont have is any sign of strategic thinking on surplus assets. Colleagues would say that there is more spare land at Loughry or Enniskillen, where DARD isn’t actually using assets itself.

    There is serious research work done at Crossnacreevy, and no formal statement of how it will be replaced. But it must go, as it is a handy housing site just on the Castlereagh hills, where developers will pay big bucks to build houses.

  • Cruimh

    “it is a handy housing site just on the Castlereagh hills, where developers will pay big bucks to build houses.”

    How much longer will that last though ?

  • Comrade Stalin

    Pete:

    As the BBC’s Mark Devenport pointed out, it definitely wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that a lot of those affected are in his own constituency..

    There’s that swine Devenport at it again, trying to destroy our fragile peace process by daring to question the motivation of our ministers. Down with Devenport!

    Regarding land ownership, I think it’s quite right that the state would sell it off and reap the benefits. If it’s a choice between that and services getting cut back or rates going up, it’s not a hard one – unless you can demonstrate a real public benefit to holding on to the land.

    Regarding the other point, I think a grant to all of the houses which sustained damage is OK. I suspect a lot of it is motivated by a desire to prove to people in a tangible way that the executive is A Good Thing. Aren’t people here such a bunch of chancers though ? On the news I saw one women complaining that she didn’t have insurance because it was too expensive and that she wanted compensation from the government, yet clearly visible in the background was a huge flatscreen slim TV. The last time I renewed my insurance it was around £100 for the year, and that included accidental damage. Considerably cheaper than a Sky subscription.

  • Porteydown

    My wife just split a basin of water over the kitechen floor when peeling the spuds. Silly girl. Can I have £1000 please?

  • Aquifer

    Only if the water has some muck in it.

    “It seems to be all done in a hurry, without real thought.”

    With Ex DOE officials saying that the drains were not cleared out, I’d rather give the money to the householders now than pay the lawyers as well.

  • willis

    Aquifer

    That’s a good moniker at a time like this.