The role of the Opposition

Whilst I had suggested, when noting the consultation on the draft allocation of resources, that

It’s almost as if we, the public, are being tasked with the job of being the absent opposition to the Administration because our representatives in the Assembly can’t take on that role themselves.

I didn’t expect to hear a member of the Northern Ireland Executive, albeit a member of the Ulster Unionist Party who will be discussing the issue this weekend, to openly call on the public, and specific interested groups, to do just that

“What we have right now is a draft budget for consultation with the Assembly and the general public,” [the Health Minister] said. “So I am anxious to hear from the health service, from the sector and particularly from the patients about what they feel about health service spending because our spend is currently way below what it should be if it was going to match England.”