Slugger blog round…

To kick off it looks like Mr E is taking a break rather than signing that lethal document Paul has prepared for all unreconstructed believers in the moral virtue of capital…– P O’Neill’s spotted a legislative problem with the proposed cuts with the budgetary proposals on medical cards for the over 70s.

Peter Curistan tells Mairtin “We don’t have an executive which knows what it is doing economically.” (Ed: “that would be ‘doing’ what, exactly?“)

– Boris waxing hyperbolically on British nautical victories

– Redemption’s Son asking questions about Basil and those controversial expenses

– Gerry sees complications for wine importers in their negotiations with their own banks…

– Suzy’s found a loop hole in the new travel tax..

– Robert Peston reckons the independent old lady is losing her power

Interesting convergence in the generic polling for the Democrats (going down) and Obama’s personal rating (going up) in the RCP Poll Averages indicating a possible down ballot swing back tot he Reps..?

– Fergus reckons nemo dat quod non habet on that €400bn the Irish government was ‘offering’ to banks…

– And Wales loses more women politicians…

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    A sure sign of confidence in the loyalty to sluggermetool.

    In other developments – a question to consider – if the GFA did not alter the constitutional position of Norn Iron – what the feck are Robbo and Dodsie doing explaining themselves in the Papal state to the south?

  • …and Robert Peston pops up again. Where in the world can anyone go to avoid him?

  • Alan

    Why no thread on UVF decommissioning ? !!

  • frustrated democrat

    He is right about the whole administration on the economy, the executive, the department, InvestNI.

    All have no comprehension of what is required in the economy and in supporting it with help that is beneficial.

    InvestNI costs about £150 million to run of which about 25% is in admin, why don’t they close it down and distribute the money by way of tax cuts of 50% to small companies (say under 100 employees or £5 million in sales) who are expanding in export markets. I suggest the number of jobs created would be greater than the current achievements.

  • Rory

    Because, Frustrated Democrat, any increase in sales above £5m or increase in the payroll over 100 would lead to a doubling of corporation tax on profits – which might just be a tiny disincentive don’t you think?

  • Greenflag

    Rory ,

    ‘any increase in sales above £5m or increase in the payroll over 100 would lead to a doubling of corporation tax on profits ‘

    jaysuz christ most small businesses in the Republic would be off to Latvia or Lithuania if they had that to endure that kind of legislation . Sheeeeeeesh I did’nt realise that HMG wants to deliberately keep indigenous NI business small ? Wonder why ?

    ‘which might just be a tiny disincentive don’t you think? ‘

    You exaggerate yet again 😉

  • “We don’t have an executive which knows what it is doing economically.”

    or contractually?

    Henry Brothers

    McLaughlin and Harvey

    Rathlin ferry – “the completion of a formal contract will not be necessary”

  • Greenflag

    Nevin ,

    “We don’t have an executive which knows what it is doing economically.”

    or contractually?

    Or for that matter -politically ( except in a purely party political sense )

    Friday Quiz Time

    Question :

    ‘Are there any historical precedents for the Northern Ireland system of government and elections ‘?

    Answer :

    ‘Yes , in the story of the Creation , God made Eve , put her in the Garden of Eden , and said to Adam :

    ‘Now choose a woman ‘

  • “and said to Adam”

    Don’t you mean Adams, Greenflag?