Whose junket is it anyway?

I’m almost despairing that high politics for us in Northern Ireland now comes down to a row about a trip to San Diego that’s scheduled, er, not scheduled, to happen until it’s been agreed/not agreed by Stormont’s Employment and Learning Committee…

The proposed purpose? To examine how research and development linked to universities could help create jobs. San Diego’s not a bad model. Ah well, it seems we don’t need any of that, unless it’s done by the Executive, OFMDFM or even Belfast City Council.

And that last named only managed to bring the MTV Awards back to Belfast…

On the up side, no doubt servicing the wall to wall local coverage will help take Barry’s mind off that little spot of trouble back in Carrickmore…

Whilst Northern Ireland’s self appointed and singular member of the opposition can be reassured that he only has to say the word and 104 (out of a total 108) government MLAs are leaping around like cats on a tin roof…

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