“is it effectively now a two party government?”

If you didn’t know there was a “little bit of a game” being played within, and without, the semi-detached polit-bureau Northern Ireland Executive, the evidence was on Stormont Live today. Ostensibly on the re-packaging re-profiling of NI Executive funds announced by the Finance Minister, the DUP’s Nigel Dodds, the opening interview with his party colleague NI First Minister, Peter Robinson, revealed clear tensions within the Executive – and the “first-class press” are being unhelpful witnesses distracted from the “good news” story.. Below the fold NI Social Development Minister, the SDLP’s Margaret Ritchie, responds with her side of the story. And also, “one of the winners of today’s re-allocation”, NI Agriculture Minister, Sinn Féin’s Michelle Gildernew, who now has “£20million to go to building slurry tanks” – applications must be in by the end of this year..

Northern Ireland Social Development Minister, the SDLP’s Margaret Ritchie, gives her side of the story in relation to the reprofiling of Executive funds.

The final clip from Stormont Live begins with the semi-detached Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams blaming “the British Treasury” [and an “inadequate annual subvention” – Ed], but back in the studio his party colleague, and Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister, Michelle Gildernew, is very much on-message. And now has £20million to spend on slurry tanks.. by the end of this year..