“The environment is safe in my hands..”

WorldbyStorm channels ELO for his consideration of the new Northern Ireland Environment Minister, the DUP’s Sammy Wilson. But perhaps Mark Devenport was right with his assessment, on Stormont Today last night, with his line on “unionism’s answer to Boris Johnson” – he has shown a distinct inconsistency on the issues. The man himself faced questions in the Assembly for the first time yesterday in typically knockabout fashion.. [see below the fold] And yet.. he’ll need to tone down the conspiratorial rhetoric if he wants those issues to remain Somebody Else’s Problem. The Alliance Party’s Naomi Long has his measure it seems [3min 12sec in] – “If ever there was an argument for decoupling environmental protection and the Department of the Environment, the current Minister is that argument.”

The new Environment Minister’s first question time in the Assembly