UUP and DUP support smaller OFMDFM (unless they’re in it)…

ULSTER Unionist deputy leader Danny Kennedy has been complaining that staffing levels at the Office of the First and Deputy First Ministers are too high – at 415. However, he forgot to mention that when the UUP was in charge of the office, it employed between 417 and 424. Meanwhile, Junior Minister Paisley Junior has (rather feebly) defended the sleekit appointment of two special advisers to him and his Sinn Fein counterpart, Gerry Kelly, by saying it was the Secretary of State that asked the Privy Council for them. Oh, please. This is the same Paisley Jr who attacked such waste in the past. And are we seriously being asked to believe that the SoS woke up one morning and decided there weren’t enough spin doctors in Stormont? That kind of weak political cover went out with the ark, and both UUP and DUP are on shaky ground given the criticisms they made in the last administration. Let’s face it, the parties in charge of the Stormont gravy train will always make sure there’s enough jobs for the boys.

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