Challenging the authority of the Speaker

Aside from the Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister’s woes, there were a couple of other clips of interest from today’s Stormont Live. First up, in the Northern Ireland Assembly chamber the Speaker, William Hay, faced a number of challenges to his authority – and that’s without mentioning Sinn Féin’s Barry McElduff’s qualified apology. In fairness, given recent rulings, the point about the importance of a deputy Speaker using correct terminology is well-made. Below the fold the Laurel and Hardy of the post-primary transfer discussion, Sinn Féin’s John O’Dowd and the DUP’s Mervyn Storey, tackle unparliamentary language.. and another manufactured controversy..

The Laurel and Hardy of the post-primary transfer discussion discuss unparliamentary language..

  • William

    Poor Speaker Hay….how he must wish he’d stayed with Foyle Skips….he deserves a Knighthood at least or preferably a Lordship, considering he was denied one when Morrow, Brown and Dr No’s wife Eileen were elevated to the Lords. Some titles suggested are: Lord LeaveItWithMe or Lord Skiphire of Foyle. Aye the problems, just as well the 86 grand salary, grace and favour home and the chaffeur driven Skoda ease the pain a little.

  • Archie Purple

    ‘Poor Speaker Hay’……the emphasis should be on POOR SPEAKER…..he has difficulty stringing two words together…just as well he has a staff of about 20 to write his scripts.

    From Bin lorry driver to Speaker….beats Gorbals Martin in Westminster. Another totally useless buffoon.