“Has she tried ‘Eany, Meany, Miny, Mo’?”

I had suggested it might be time for another educational set-piece.. Today the DUP’s Mervyn Storey and Sinn Féin’s John O’Dowd duly obliged – their re-appearance on Stormont Live is below the fold along with an interesting contribution from the UUP’s Basil McCrea. The occasion was a leaked memo from the Northern Ireland Education Minister, Sinn Féin’s Caitríona Ruane, ahead of Thursday’s scheduled NI Executive meeting. For starters though, a copy of the leaked document ended up with BBC NI political editor Mark Devenport [and which “dishonourable person” was responsible for that? – Ed]. Mark’s not taking any bets on it getting much further..

The DUP’s Mervyn Storey and Sinn Féin’s John O’Dowd discuss the NI Education Minister’s leaked proposals. Again.

Last word, for now, from the UUP’s Basil McCrea

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  • wild turkey


    given the plethora of selection criteria, you may have missed something here.

    There very well might be the basis for some kinda cross-party deal if minister ruin agrees with some other ministerial colleagues that with respect to post-primary selection

    ‘preference should be given to people from Northern Ireland.’

    on a more serious note, on random selection based on surname, everyone else is fucked if ‘O’ or ‘M’ come up top of the list. In fact, if ‘M’ comes up top of the list, will Mc take precedence over Mac or vice versa. Check out the phone book.

    Overall Pete you are being a bit harsh. These proposed sophisticated selection methodologies reflect a synthesis of global best practice which puts NI back at the cutting edge of Quality Education (TM).

  • Ulsters my homeland

    what do you mean she ,”Has she tried ‘Eany, Meany, Miny, Mo’?”…please explain what this means.

  • Ulsters my homeland

    This is heartaching to know that Eany, Meany and especially Miny might not make it. We don’t know about Mo, but may everything work well. TIOCFAIDH AR LA, blessings and good will.

  • Driftwood

    Prediction for Thursday:
    Academic selection to remain in place for a ‘while’, some facesaving language to try and save Catriona from looking a complete twat until she is replaced in the summer by someone who has basic social skills.

  • wild turkey

    ‘someone who has basic social skills’

    Meeeowww Driftwood.

    Tennis anyone? Aside from golf, it does not get much more sociable, refined and, uh, selective, than tennis. Oopps sorry. Forgot showjumping and polo.