#Budget2012: Is there actually very much Stormont can or wants to do?

Nice piece from last night’s Hearts and Minds by Julia Paul (“Don’t touch the things…”) which a number of experts… running from Newton’s verdict that they can take no big decisions in welfare and taxation… To Paddy Hillyard says that we pay £260 million for water and that if that was taken out of public expenditure that money could be released for schools and other public services…

And Newton Emerson says there has been a deal on the table to cut some of the Whitehall restrictions on spending for four years (since Peter Robinson was Finance Minister) but that so far none of our politicians are keen on the risks that involves

Even whilst some of them have been protesting to the contrary in another place

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