Big boys punch back…

Featuring Alex Maskey and Sammy Wilson. Maskey reckons this is all a ‘sham fight’ and that somehow the budget cuts involved in housing provision were Ritchie’s own fault. Leaving aside the lack of detail on that, it’s probably true that this small party skirmishing has a highly limited life expectancy that will need to end in a tangible outcome for the smaller parties. The lesson from the States, for instance, is that parties which force long term budget delays with no tangible exit strategy, put themselves in danger of losing further public sympathy.

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