“appearances in the future should perhaps be cross referenced with the lunar cycle..”

As Mick continues to chart the reverberations from the recent affront to Parliament, the suggestion from the First and deputy First Ministers that they should halve the number of times, to once a month appearing alternately, that they spend answering questions in the Northern Ireland Assembly should provoke similar concerns from assembly members – in Scotland and Wales the First Ministers answer questions weekly, as Michael noted. Apparently it’s their suggestion for improving question time in the Assembly.. BBC NI political editor Mark Devenport has some thoughts on the matter, and his comments on Stormont Live are below the fold. But here’s the SDLP leader Mark Durkan giving the case for the opposition to such a move in the face of an apparent pattern of the formation of a de facto polit-bureau within [and without? – Ed] the NI Executive.

Jim Fitzpatrick and Mark Devenport discuss the suggested reduction of the number of appearances by the First and deputy First Ministers in front of the NI Assembly.

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  • Pancho’s Horse

    Maybe if the head stoop wasn’t so long winded there would be time for more questions. And by the way where is Willy’s video?

  • Mick Fealty

    I thought the questions were just spot PH. Oh, btw, did you actually watch it? If you did, it must have been on FF since you posted just four minutes after the post was published.

    More speed less haste and you might just find the ball never mind hit it. Otherwise you’ll get yourself a reputation for being a dirty player.

    The Frazer video might have been intended as satire, but we’re informed the text could be construed as libellous. I wasn’t keen to take any chances.

  • Pancho’s Horse

    You mean to say, Mick, that you think I should fritter away my annual leave to listen to ole Durky? No I was just going on the old adage that the leopard doesn’t change his spots and on top of that, none of the stoops/empeyettes can conceal their seething rage at being 3rd and 4th fiddles. But I accept your caution with the Frazer blockbuster even though it caused me to laugh out loud several times.

  • Pancho’s Horse

    All’s well. The blockbuster is safe on youtube. Agus, a Mhicheál, tá a’ fhios agam an áit ina bhfuil an liathróid – go díreach. In amantaí b’fhearr liom gan é aimsiú.

  • Mick Fealty


    “You mean to say, Mick, that you think I should fritter away my annual leave to listen to ole Durky?”

    Not at all. But if you are going to comment, you trouble yourself and favour the rest of us to find out what you are wanting to ‘talk’ about.

    Is e sin e an mead go leir!

  • DC

    It really does look like the pair of them, Mssr Robinson and McGuinness, just dont want to take questions.

    First they remove the cross-community vote which was in place to get some sort of civic buy-in with the Assembly, now they want to reduce question time.

    Ok in Westminster Blair moved two sessions into one but it seems DUP-SF want to remove a session altogether and do less.

    Where’s McGuinness and his “hand on heart” speech about not achieving what people had expected of the assembly, the least he could do would be to attend when required.

  • Pancho’s Horse

    Do you never sleep, Mick?

  • Pancho’s Horse

    Right! Watched it. Can I repost no 1?