If it’s not an argument you can stick flag on, our politicians don’t know what to do with it…

Cracking piece from Newt last night on Hearts and Minds… On the siting of the Belfast incinerator which decision was put on ice last week when it was discovered the vote of Cllr Frank McCoubrey was counted when he wasn’t even there… Thus converting a a rejection into draw (Phew!). The replay is Monday, only Newton’s not hopeful of a full house of councillors, some of whom seem fearful of making a decision that will actually have impact consequences in an upcoming election where there will be both fewer seats and fewer councils… Meanwhile we can expect the current Minister for the Environment (despite an apparent conflict of interest to vote enthusiastically for it)… [If he is still Minister of the Environment – ed]

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