“Is it all going to get very exciting?”

In the Northern Ireland Assembly today, MLAs debated proposals, previously noted here, to amend Standing Orders on Assembly Questions – full debate here [new link].  Below the fold, where the SDLP’s Alex Attwood and the Alliance Party’s Naomi Long discuss the changes with Jim Fiztpatrick and Martina Purdy, the tendency of some ministers to deploy the time-killing, dead-bat approach of reading the lengthy answers provided to them is raised. But the first clip from Stormont Live includes a contribution from the UUP’s Ken Robinson – supplementary question lobber par excellence.

The SDLP’s Alex Attwood and the Alliance Party’s Naomi Long discuss the changes with Jim Fiztpatrick and Martina Purdy on BBC NI Stormont Live.

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  • pete whitcroft

    Not very exciting for the non politico.

    However could I mention the SDLP policy on when here is called the North and Northern Ireland.

    RTE seem to have the same approach.

    Ie. yesterday in the North this or that happenend.

    If it’s Newry or Letterkenny the North is Newry and Letterkenny isn’t.
    Any thoughts.

  • Big Maggie

    Pete,

    “Is it all going to get very exciting?”

    This must surely rank as the most sarcastic post heading yet on Slugger O’Toole.

    As anybody with half a horse’s head knows, it makes not a blind bit of difference who’s elected to Europe. One could just as well bring a pin with one on polling day. I’m snoring already.

    It looks as though Obama is about to make a hitherto unheard of robust impression on Israeli-Palestinian relations.

  • Pete Baker

    Maggie

    You did read the actual post, didn’t you?

  • Now for something really exciting in the Coleraine Council chamber. Yes, it’s the Flintstone’s New Force!!

    Barney ‘Rubble’ Fitzpatrick of Alliance proposed that Alliance, SDLP, SF and Independent form a party to enhance their chances under d’Hondt. The proposal received 6 votes for and 11 against.

    Had they been successful would they then have operated d’Hondt within the Flintstone’s New Force?

    IIRC the introduction of d’Hondt some years back led to a reduction in chair and vice-chair roles for small parties and independents.