“The original ‘ludicrous’ motion has been passed..”

The DUP’s decision to withdraw their amendment to an SDLP motion on the long-running Civil Service equal pay claim in the Northern Ireland Assembly today – and to drop their opposition to the original motion – came too late to spare the blushes of DUP MLA Simon Hamilton. And not just because he had already spoken in favour of the amendment and against a motion he labelled “ludicrous”. You can read the whole debate here. And here’s a clip from Stormont Live. Of course, to pay the eventual bill the under-whelming NI Executive might have to cut down on that public diet of jam..