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..