How accountable is our political leadership?

With Northern Ireland’s First and deputy First Ministers unwilling, or unavailable, to discuss their desire to reduce their alternating appearances in front of the legislative Assembly from fortnightly to only at a full moon, BBC NI’s Kevin Sharkey travelled to Edinburgh to ask the Scottish First Minister some questions on accountability. Meanwhile, back in the Politics Show studio, NI Executive junior Minister Sinn Féin’s Gerry Kelly’s defence of the desired reduction in appearances by our two lycanthropes is somewhat undermined by both the size of that “single department” and the recent “significant change in power balance between OFMDFM and Ministers.” The Politics Show’s Robin Sheeran adds a short report.


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