Sammy Wilson: “if I want to work all day and night, that is up to me” (and the electorate)…

Looks like Sammy Wilson is not giving up either the Westminster or Stormont seat any time soon, if this interview with Belfast Telegraph TV (5m 5s in) is anything to go by…

  • LabourNIman

    The end of double jobbing will pose an interesting dilema to the internal structure for the 3 parties with MP’s (I don’t include the UUP…!)

    We could end up seeing parties taking a more US style approach – leader of the assembly party, leader of the westmintser party, a chairman that will cover the non elected members and a president that heads up all 3 leaders.

    It doesn’t shock me that many of the big names would rather keep their westminster seats as they are probably the only people that can keep it (Nelson McCausland would have no chance of winning north Belfast) and theres a lot more glory in London than sitting in a powerless assembly chamber.

  • Paul

    How is there more glory be ignored in London then to be a public figure in nIreland? Seriously except for the excelent expense account what is the purpose to London?

  • joe

    interesting dilema to the internal structure for the 3 parties with MP’s (I don’t include the UUP…!) ????????

    Make that 2 parties, unionists and poss sdlp only may have dilema surely ?

  • Scamallach

    When jobs these days are hard to come by, would he not be better off giving someone else a crack rather than snagging two jobs for himself??

  • Nomad

    “We could end up seeing parties taking a more US style approach – leader of the assembly party, leader of the westmintser party, a chairman that will cover the non elected members and a president that heads up all 3 leaders.”

    A US style set up in little Northern Ireland?! Heavens above..

  • Sunningdale1973

    If rumours that Sammy is getting the Enterprise brief are correct we are potentially damaging a genuinely exciting opportunity for NI.

    We have some real world class excellence in renewables/energy efficiency and yet NI companies have faced real difficulties when trying to sell on the world market as the sayings of our Environment Minister have been very widely reported.

    Bad enough for a DOE Minister to shoot off at the mouth on ‘personal views’ but as DETI Minister he could do serious damage to NI Business and Jobs.

  • politico

    if sammy remains in the executive then it makes a nonsense of the DUP promise to end triple jobbing never mind double jobbing

  • Comrade Stalin

    When jobs these days are hard to come by, would he not be better off giving someone else a crack rather than snagging two jobs for himself??

    The electorate doesn’t think so.

    And as Sammy pointed out there is a degree of overlap, and due to that overlap, the assembly salary for someone who has a seat in Westminster is substantially lower.

    We have some real world class excellence in renewables/energy efficiency and yet NI companies have faced real difficulties when trying to sell on the world market as the sayings of our Environment Minister have been very widely reported.

    You mean the conversation goes “yes, I’d love to buy some of your word class excellence in renewables/energy efficiency [whatever the hell that means] but because your environment minister is a buffoon I’m going to instead purchase this slightly more expensive and poorer quality version” ?

    I mean, what sort of weird imagination do you have to have to make up this crap ? Do you live in the real world ?

  • loki

    Even if Sammy quits executive but stays in the Assembly it makes a nonsense of the claim to end double-jobbing

  • Sunningdale1973

    Comrade Stalin

    World class Energy/Renewables – since you ask Wind Energy – there is some excellent work being done on winde energy. A group of NI companies who are working in this field recently got serious media and business attention at a global wind energy event in Chicago (albeit a with few awkward questions about whether they had political backing from our Government).

    Since you are interested in crap you might be interested to know we are actually some of the best anywhere at developing anaeobic digestors but need to invest more in this and also we have had experts advising the a number of Governments including the Chinese amongst others about remediation of polluted sites. Not to mention the marine current turbine in Strangford.

    In terms of what does it matter that a Minister loudly expresses his scepticism of global warnming – just look at the investment going into renewable/clean energy in the US and China ($30Bn in China). It is hard enough for a small company form the small region on the western edge of Europe to sell outside UK/ROI and maybe Europe. One company I know well recently turned up in Australia (which under Kevin Rudd is at last seriously looking at green energy) and they were laughed at everywhere they went because of Sammy’s pronouncements which were repeated back to them (the comments had made the front page of the Sydney Herald!).

    Its fuck all good having a good product to sell if you can’t get a foot in the door. And as for trying to get foreign energy companies to consider investing in NI why would you come here when the Scottish Executive is commiting itself to serious development of wind and tidal energy and the Republic is determined to be a key player in the tidal sector.

    So in answer to your question the world I live in is the one is difficult enough trying to sell into without having a senior member of my own Government undermining the companies in this sector.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Sunningdale, I appreciate that you’re probably a very hard working small business operator, but I don’t accept that you will lose sales because of the freely-expressed opinions of a government minister here. Wilson is entitled to express his views. I do not agree with them, but the idea that people should be muzzled so as not to interfere with potential customers who are foolish enough to discriminate in their choices on factors other than quality, cost or value is frankly one step towards a fascist state. Where do you want to go next – muzzle people from speaking about gay rights so as not to offend homophobic businessmen ? Keep black people out of sight in case it offends any white supremacist potential customers ?

    And did those encounters actually damage business, or did those guys do what most people would do in the situation and say “yes, our environment minister is an embarassing idiot, we completely disagree with him” and move on ?

    If your business is dependent upon an individual within the government toeing a politically correct line then you need to go and find another line of work – it’s clearly too volatile to be a regular income stream.

    BTW are those spending figures money which has been announced, or money which has actually been committed for spending on projects which have been given the go ahead ? And what time periods are they over ? Governments love to announce expenditure and then mysteriously forget about it. The Chinese are notorious for this especially when it comes to visiting trade envoys.

  • Sunningdale1973

    Comrade

    I do agree with free speech and certainly wouldn’t want to muzzle a minister or anyone else, but the views of a minister (which in this case were against his own party’s policy) can undermine a delicate negotiation.

    I wouldn’t care if Sammy was Culture Minister or even Finance Minister but Enterprise Ministers can cost jobs and sales.

    Out of interest could a Minister who openly espoused racism have credibility in the equality brief?

    The spending figures are to be fair projected but even a third of that is a hell of a market.

  • Samuel Jones

    you don’t 106 mla’s to run NI look at the UKIPs proposals for the devolved assemblies that uses our 18 MPs to conduct devolved bussiness one week in four at Stormont and the rest of thier time on UK issues, this also solves the west lothian question as westminister would become an english assembly one week in four for purely english affairs’ this is logical given that most of the present stormont ministers are already MPs
    it also solves jim allisters problem as the proposed four ministries would not need a mandatory coalition, this proposal coupled with accountable and powerful councils would work well, its easy to see why ukip is doing so well in GB with common sense proposals like this

  • Padraig

    One of the pronounced observed differences between Unionist and Nationalist working class areas is this. When a Unionist climbs up the tree to become middle class he leaves his working class home area to ‘do better’. On the other hand when a Nationalist ‘makes good’ they tend to stay in their home areas and contribute.

    Thats why areas like Sandy Row and the Village and the Shankill are cultural, social and political deserts. Left to the drug dealing, protection rackets of the UDA and UVF.

    Sammy follows this tradition of putting self first and putting self first shamelessly.

    The reason why Loyalist areas are deserts is that they are part of a culture of hate that finds its origins in the Loyal Orders. Until this hatred is abandoned, help yourself hate mongers like Sammy Wilson will thrive and prosper.

  • Comrade Stalin

    One of the pronounced observed differences between Unionist and Nationalist working class areas is this. When a Unionist climbs up the tree to become middle class he leaves his working class home area to ‘do better’. On the other hand when a Nationalist ‘makes good’ they tend to stay in their home areas and contribute.

    Absolute rubbish, there are plenty of middle class Catholic estates populated by people who have left the inner city. Hightown Road for a start.

    Thats why areas like Sandy Row and the Village and the Shankill are cultural, social and political deserts. Left to the drug dealing, protection rackets of the UDA and UVF.

    yeah, and similar nationalist spots like Ardoyne or parts of Craigavon are groundswells of culture and community wellbeing ? Wise the fuck up.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Out of interest could a Minister who openly espoused racism have credibility in the equality brief?

    Nope. But we are not talking about the credibility of a minister in their brief.

  • Padraig

    [b]Absolute rubbish, there are plenty of middle class Catholic estates populated by people who have left the inner city. Hightown Road for a start.[/b]

    Of course there are middle class Catholic areas. But this does not invalidate what I said. I did not say middle class Catholics [b]always[/b]cling t their roots. But that they [b]often[/b] cling to their roots.

    I draw this conclusion from studies conducted by the department of Social Pyschology at Queens University, Belfast.

    The reason for this , I suspect is that Unionists have adopted a British Imperial mind set were ‘getting’ on is much more a sign of personal success than it happens to be in Nationalist areas were being working class is much more acceptable, possibly as a result of historical and endemic poverty.

    Another sign of this differing class world view is the Unionist hankering after the decadent British honours system.

    Another interesting difference is the role of women in Unionist politics. The reason why there are so few of them is that Unionism is highly aggressive, defensive and belligerent, generally considered to be male traits. Thus even the very, very few women who do prosper tend to either hanging on to their hubby’s coat tails and/or male impersonators { being over aggressive to compensate for the fact that they have not the ‘right’ genetallia}

  • Padraig

    [b]yeah, and similar nationalist spots like Ardoyne or parts of Craigavon are groundswells of culture [/b]

    I could instance several areas were Nationalist working class areas are prospering culturally were Unionist working class areas are totally stagnant.

    Irish language schools, Fleidh Ceols, drama performances, local newspapers, community self help groups, the growth of the Credit Unions, the list is endless. Also note in a party like Sinn Fein are working class. In Unionist working areas they tend to elect middle class finger waggers.

  • Padraig

    [b]Wise the fuck up.[/b]

    The depth of this comment illuminates the depth of the mind that formulated it.

    Welcome to Homer Simpsondom.

  • Comrade Stalin

    I draw this conclusion from studies conducted by the department of Social Pyschology at Queens University, Belfast.

    Nah, you draw that conclusion because you’re a bigot backing up your views with flimsy, unquoted references to academia.