“that is a significant change of power balance between OFMDFM and Ministers..”

A heated debate in the Northern Ireland Assembly today with references to “irresponsible ministers” and “half-truths and worse”. They were debating the accelerated passage of the attempted power grab by the semi-detached polit-bureau that is the Financial Assistance Bill. Stormont Live featured heavily on it too and it was the Alliance Party’s Naomi Long who was most effective in detailing the potential problems of “a piece of legislation that hasn’t even been agreed by the Executive..” [Nevermind, the First and deputy First Minister have agreed it – Ed]