Programme for Government Live…


If you cant see the embedded video, here’s the direct link

More details here… Bear in mind last time 45% of what was in the PfG did not see the light of day… and of the remaining amount some proportion was still sitting on amber or green by the end of the designated period…

You can pick up the draft copy here

Programme for Government 2012-13 via wordle.net

  • Mick Fealty

    Agreement on an Education and Skills Authority… that’s good…

    A non statutary Irish LanguageUlster Scots strategy… that’s also good… and, on the face of it pretty much what the DUP had had on the table for the last three years.. Be good to see the detail…

  • SethS

    Had a quick glance through. My immediate impression is that it is more of a wish list (with very little detail in many places) that an actual programme. There doesn’t seem to be much indication of how any of the objectives will be acheived or how they will be paid for – and as a consequence its hard to tell if any of this is realistic.

  • Mick Fealty

    Ian Parsley on Twitter asks: “Unclear whether #PfG jobs targets are gross or net. At least 25,000 public sector jobs likely to go over the period. “

  • iluvni

    Hay’s an absolute disgrace. He permits Robinson to abuse McAllister but wont permit a response, nor will he allow Allister to have a say.
    What a farce.

  • FuturePhysicist

    Would the gross figure even be achievable?

  • South Belfast Hack

    The target set in the last programme for government was achieved, and it is of course gross. The problem for Northern Ireland isn’t necessarily job creation, it’s that the rate of redundancies is outstripping the rate at which jobs are created.

  • Cynic2

    Listening to the stream of planted questions from some MLAs (which in a few cases appear beyond their own capabilities) I am forced to ask, why do PSNI need to purchase drones? There a few of them hanging around at Stormont

    Am I just being unfair? It’s a dismal day but did anyone detect even a smidgen of rational challenge or holding to account here? It was all bonhomie and smugness. The bucket of political gloop was poured out and those who were left in the chamber (and there were not that many of them) grunted and squeaked

  • Cynic2

    Just to be clear – the PFG itself looks OK if all motherhood and apple pie. Its the debate I am talking about. A solid performance from Arlene who is developing well as a Minister and seems to ooze command of her brief, but beyond that nothing incisive, nothing forensic, nothing penetrating

  • iluvni

    Hay ensures that no awkward questions are permitted.

  • Local hack

    “be good to see the detail”

    Mick you crack me up sometimes

  • Our Programme for Government is a clear statement of intent. It is a statement that we in Northern Ireland are prepared to take responsibility for our future, it is a statement that we are prepared to modernise and reform, and most importantly it is a statement that Northern Ireland is moving forward as one community.

    Is that a statement of intent from someone who was only a few days ago threatening to resign and force an election over the renaming of a prison service which is not fit for future purpose in its present form? Is Robinson, bi-polar and manic depressive for he would appear to anything but stable and consistent.

  • Not sure why the pre-planned late night session was really necessary except to make believe that it was so down to the wire – do they really think people are not past this sort of media stunt. And then after a late night straight to a choreographed session of the Assembly with little time to analyse/dissect but all over the daytime chat shows reading while commenting, and then into the weekend and by Monday it will all be forgotten. Would expect more in a democracy, except what we have is far from a democratic framework for Government. Accountability? Responsibility?

  • Comrade Stalin

    iluvni:

    Hay’s an absolute disgrace. He permits Robinson to abuse McAllister but wont permit a response, nor will he allow Allister to have a say.
    What a farce.

    I read Hansard and I can see no intervention from Allister beyond where he complained in a point of order about non-executive parties not being called to speak.

    There is absolutely no obligation on the Speaker to ensure that any party in particular is called.

  • iluvni

    Must we really all go through another phase of sdlp politicians trying to out-green Sinn Fein in their feeble efforts to push an all-Ireland agenda in their public utterances?

  • iluvni

    “There is absolutely no obligation on the Speaker to ensure that any party in particular is called.”

    He called 18 in a row from the 5 parties who drew up the programme, then they ran out of time…the hour was up. He may not have had obligation but only parties in the Executive were called…come on, where’s the fun in that?

    http://www.niassembly.gov.uk/record/reports2011/111117today.htm

    Mr Allister: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Could you explain to the House and the wider watching public why, on this important occasion, only Members whose parties are in the Executive were called to speak?

    Mr Speaker: Order.

    Mr Allister: Is there a fear of challenging and critical questions?

    Mr Speaker: Order. The Member should take his seat. The Member will know and understand —

    Mr Allister: No, I do not understand.

    Mr Speaker: The Member will know and should understand that, under Standing Order 18A, which deals with ministerial statements, it is clear that an hour is given for questions. I warned the House and all Members to be focused, so that we could get in as many Members as possible, and out of the 30-odd Members who wanted to speak, 18 got in. Members need to learn the lesson — the lesson is very clear — and be focused when asking questions on ministerial statements. That is the issue for the House.

    I have no discretion to extend the time allowed for questions after a ministerial statement, and perhaps Members need to look at that issue in the Standing Orders. I understand that the Member is a member of the Committee on Procedures, and maybe that is an issue that he and the Committee should look at.

    We really need to move on, and I must say to the Member that that was not a point of order. I have no discretion when it comes to ministerial statements, nor, as I said to the Member, have I any discretion to extend the time for questions.

    Mr Allister: Further to that point of order, Mr Speaker. Perhaps, Mr Speaker, if someone — [Interruption.]

    Mr Speaker: Order. [Interruption.] The Member should take his seat. [Interruption.] Let me say to the Member that, if he is not careful, he may not get in for a question on the second statement.

    Mr Allister: Don’t embarrass —

    Mr Speaker: Order. The Member should be careful. He is almost coming to the point where he is challenging the authority of the Chair. He should not go there.

    Mr McCallister: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I wanted to draw your attention to the First Minister’s reply to me when he questioned my genetic make-up — [Interruption.]

    Mr Speaker: Order. The Member should take his seat. That is not a point of order; let us move on to the second statement.

  • Cynic2

    “Not sure why the pre-planned late night session was really necessary ”

    a free dinner?

  • Cynic2

    Are they on piecework?

  • Cynic2

    Or did it just take some of them a long time to read it.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Must we really all go through another phase of sdlp politicians trying to out-green Sinn Fein in their feeble efforts to push an all-Ireland agenda in their public utterances?

    I wasn’t aware that we’d come out of that phase. Or that it even was a phase.

  • Lionel Hutz

    its so sectarian isnt it CS.

    By the way, Farry claims significant ownership of PfG for Alliance Parry. It’ll be interesting to see if thats a good thing in four years time.

    What is your view on the David Ford demand for CSI now?

    #alliancewillbefoundout

  • quality

    Smoke and mirrors document that needs to be made far more robust during the consultation period though, given the sheer number of responses that will come through, its difficult to see how the Executive will adequately reflect those concerns.

    I particularly enjoyed the commitment to “host the World Police and Fire Games in 2013” (that was already in the diary, truly brave stuff). Absolutely no imagination in using the relatively meager revenue-raising powers at the Executive’s disposal (regional rate, banded water charges). I’m hoping prescription charges for those who can afford to pay are included in the Compton review’s recommendations next week.

    Always interesting to see the relative, nay almost absolute lack of comments on Slugger when something economy/governance related is published. It’s almost as if the majority of posters aren’t interested in those unimportant issues like jobs and the economy, and would rather squabble over varying interpretations of history or personal scandal.