When is a budget not a budget (hint: when it involves Sinn Fein’s cuts)?

Here ya go, just over half way in to the Nolan Show this morning (with Nolan running rings around him re the Budget settlement)… Mitchell McLaughlin who said the budget was not really the budget: ‘there will be options available to us that are not available to us today’.

And his riposte to Nolan: “If the same proportion out of the budget of the ‘biggest show in the country’ you’d be struggling in the morning.”

John Simpson was even less impressed, “It is not a budget, it is generalised in the extreme…. it is a vision that it is so abstract as to be an insult to the public of Northern Ireland.”

Mitchel: “John, fair enough”.

But you really ought to listen to the whole thing…

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