“He’s living with a fiction..”

Also from the Politics Show today, BBC NI’s Kevin Sharkey reports on the £1billion shortfall in the Northern Ireland Executive’s three year spending plan identified by economist John Simpson – who’s offered some questions before. NI Finance Minister, the DUP’s Nigel Dodds, has denied that it constitutes a black hole in the budget and, below the fold, his party colleague Simon Hamilton toes the party line in the studio discussion with the SDLP’s Mark Durkan. [What is that ticking sound? – Ed] Indeed.

Btw, it’s all very well pointing at a top-heavy civil service but there’s another top-heavy institution where savings could be made.. and not just in the number of departments..

But the problem, of the NI Executive holding to a three year spending plan that is now based on a fiction, remains.

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