A financial white paper with no figures…

Bobballs has had a look through a UUP White Paper on Finance published right in the middle of the silly season on 11th August… The paper is widely attributed to David McNarry, and it is thought was not checked or put under the scrutiny of senior colleagues, despite the fact that it makes policy suggestions like policing and justice should not be devolved for another five years. Something David Cameron has said he may defer to, but there are indications inside both parties that the report has put some backs up. Now, as Chekov notes, Sir Reg has slapped down his erstwhile colleague. He could hardly do other, since as BB demonstrates, it is a shoddy piece of work. But it may also be an indication that some inside the party, like McNarry himself, are determined to declare the party’s independence before any possible merger with the Tories (and their share of Lord Ashcroft’s marginal millions)… Too much more of this and said Tories may be tempted to call the whole thing off at the first moment convenient to them rather than the UUP. Which would likely be after May 5th next year sometime…

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