Political job hoggers…

THE Irish News explored the ever-present question of politicians’ double-jobbing yesterday. A spokesman for the Taxpayers’ Alliance said: “There is nothing wrong with having politicians who work hard for their electorate but we have got to ask whether someone can hold down being a councillor, an assembly member, an MP and a minister at the same time. Our public services need urgent attention and that attention needs to be undivided.” Should Northern Irish ministers only be devoting two days a week to the job? Rebecca Black looks at the DUP MPs’ record, but – while she’s not an MP – I wonder if any of this will deter Environment Minister Arlene Foster from standing for Fermanagh Council? She would win, but is it really an attractive prospect for either Foster or the electorate?