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The Alliance Party leader David Ford has criticised the number of Executive Ministers accompanying the Northern Ireland delegation to the 41st Annual Smithsonian festival in Washington – 7 ministers are heading that way. He does have a point.. and the balance to be struck between maximising the impact of our new political dispensation and our own expenditure on this event doesn’t seem to have been as considered as it should have been. Additionally.. the arguments in favour of the mass invasion certainly seem to assume that the lid is, indeed, tightly screwed down on the past.