‘Constructive opposition’. Now there’s a term to conjure with. Opposition of any kind is tough in Stormont, where most decisions are taken within cabinet at Executive level. But constructive opposition where politicians have pointed to flaws, whilst offering practical alternatives is crucial to the credibility of the institutions. So far we have:
– Brian Wilson, for punching above his weight and avoiding populism.
– The 2010 Group
– John Dallat for the Public Accounts Committee work into NI Water.
– Conall McDevitt – Also for his work on NI Water.
– Dawn Purvis – because of her work on educational underachievement along with the working group she has set up and also her Local Government (Disqualification) Bill.
Come on, there’s got to be more…
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty