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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  • Gerry

    When Maskey mentions land bank, does this mean he is in agreement that Ritchie should sell of land while his own party in w belfast is saying no to developers etc.

    Also interesting is the Andersonstown news headlines that Ritchie is to slash the housing budget while w belfast has the highest waiting lists of all.

    Is maskey only playing ‘wee games’ with the SDLP?

  • URQUHART

    “Is maskey only playing ‘wee games’ with the SDLP? ”

    Almost certainly.

    That, or he’s just plain dishonest with his electorate.

  • Dread Cthulhu

    Gerrry: “Is maskey only playing ‘wee games’ with the SDLP? “

    Urquhart: “Almost certainly.

    That, or he’s just plain dishonest with his electorate. ”

    Po-TAH-toe, po-tah-TOE…

  • devil’s advocate

    Would anyone think that the public have sympathy for ANY of the parties??

  • Nevin

    Is the BBC incapable of bring more balance to its output? I recently observed it acting as a ‘PR mouthpiece’ for a developer and here it seems to be doing a similar job for the Chuckle Brothers Broadcasting Company, CBBC.

  • cynic

    ‘NI politician plays politics with a social issue’!

    Perhaps we are moving on faster than I thought

  • Gerry

    It would appear from a glance at todays Irish news that there is talk of micro-managing some departments. Could this happen if Ritchie or Empey fail to come up to the mark. The question then is, if departments can be micro-managed (successfully) why can’t the ministers manage their own departments successfully?