WOULD A PRIVATE COMPANY SURVIVE IN ABSENCE OF SERIOUS FINANCIAL DECISION MAKING? WHY DOES THE DUP THINK GOVERNMENT CAN EITHER?

Northern Ireland’s minister for Sport Nelson Mc Causland has taken umbrage with the football authorities and the Ulster Scots Agency over their handing of finances.

In the case of the Football authorities he has spoken of a lack of justification for an alleged waste of £.5m.

It is appropriate that Mr Mc Causland shows himself to be vigilant when it comes to how money particularly public money is spent.

What is worrying however is Mr Mc Causland’s failure to challenge even more serious abuses of public money.

What of the millions of pounds squandered on business plans for the Maze which was supposed to be a multi purpose stadium embracing all sports?

What of the monies spent by Belfast city hall in coming up with alternative plans?

The waste of public money didn’t stop the DUP taking out ‘the forty foot pole’ to sink the Maze project.

Millions were spent on plans to cull councils across Northern Ireland, the goal being we were told, to save millions through streamlining, procurement etc.

What did the DUP do with this plan after a multi million pounds splurge which ridiculously included potential payoff deals of up to £30.000 for long serving councillors not seeking re-election?

They drove a horse and cart through the project despite a deal having been done with Sinn Fein two years ago to cut the number of councils from 26 to 11.

The latest evidence of indecision making by the DUP emerged over Assembly expenses and resettlement payments.

The substance of this was agreed across the board in the Assembly Commission and yet the DUP ‘pulled’ this much to the chagrin of Speaker Hay with just hours to go before it was to come before the Assembly.

Add water charges to this. Finance Minister Sammy Wilson has decided in his head this will have to happen. He has incurred the wrath of his boss Peter Robinson for his openness on this subject at the Executive table. I have been told by a DUP insider the First minister has made his feelings known to Mr Wilson on this matter which could prove very controversial for the DUP in the run up to the Assembly election.

Sources close to the Executive were told to tell the media the financial crisis is much worse than the public realise.

Should the public be surprised if monies are spent as if they are going out of fashion with nothing to show for this?

Finally, what of that quality control grouping proposed by Peter Robinson many moons ago the purpose of which was to monitor departmental spending and to act as the custodian of joined up good value government?

Eamonn Mallie

  • Cynic

    Eamonn

    It’s so bad the question is, do we actually have any Government? When will the Executive realise that

    * doling our sweeties ( a new school / road / policy on parades)
    * setting up another review group

    is not governing? Even their own MLAs seem frustrated at the behaviours and incompetence but are powerless to hold the Executive to account.

    As a Unionist I also have to say that it does increasingly look as though the DUP are bereft of policies and just determined to thwart anyone else’s. But aside from that we have deeper problems.

    Robinson is a lame duck First Minister who will be lucky to make it back to the Assembly next year, never mind retain control of his party.

    Day by day Gerry looks older and less convincing and more allegations from the past heap up. Still he can impress Barbara Streisand who clearly wasn’t aware of his links to Palestinian Terrorists or his Party’s link to the Nazis in
    WW II.The absurdity of it is corrosive and will just make the fall all the greater

    Lining up to replace Reg we have more men in grey suits who make the UUP look more like a funeral directors than a political party. Margaret Ritchie…who she ? Martin seems to long more for his fishing but still looks the best of a very bad bunch and wee Davy only has a seat because at the table because the big boys let him to avoid a squabble and keep the SDLP out.

    As the recent survey showed, what is Stormont for? Unless they get their act together a good economy might be to let go all of them and invite one NIO Minister to take it over.

  • bigchiefally

    Life is very worrying when Sammy Wilson seems to talk more sense than any other local politician. This state of affairs just doesnt seem right.

  • wild turkey

    ‘Should the public be surprised if monies are spent as if they are going out of fashion with nothing to show for this?’

    nope, why would we.

    underlying this performance, or lack thereof, is the same attitude which for years and years has assumed an entitlement to leave the polluted remains of bonfires, street fights, interface riots and streets knee deep in rubbish and shit after a parade (not just OO parades) for others, ie the taxpayer, to pick up the tab for the subsequent clean-up.

    cynic, i’m broad agreement with your analysis save for this. the political/partisan deficiencies you describe are mere reflections of decades of a greatly subsidized entitlement society which in turn has done much to undermine any prevalent sense of civic engagement and responsibility.

  • fair_deal

    “What of the millions of pounds squandered on business plans for the Maze which was supposed to be a multi purpose stadium embracing all sports?”

    Stopping a white elephant after spending millions on it is much better than building it at the cost of hundreds of millions.

    “Millions were spent on plans to cull councils across Northern Ireland, the goal being we were told, to save millions through streamlining, procurement etc.”

    Most of the savings can be achieved without the amalgamations and you avoid the £100mplus transition costs and protect large sections of people from rate rises because their better run council was to be put in with a council that had been splurging.

    “What did the DUP do with this plan after a multi million pounds splurge which ridiculously included potential payoff deals of up to £30.000 for long serving councillors not seeking re-election?”

    Make up your mind – we should have proceeded with a plan but the plan was wasteful.

    “The substance of this was agreed across the board in the Assembly Commission and yet the DUP ‘pulled’ this much to the chagrin of Speaker Hay with just hours to go before it was to come before the Assembly.”

    And how would you have described any upward increases to MLAs allowances etc – wasteful perhaps?

  • Seems like Eamonn is feeling a lack of attention, trawling the same story four times with different headlines. As you point out, the original post barely makes one credible proposition. Much the same sort of proposition could be levelled at any of the parties in the Executive.