Paisley: I have nothing to apologise for…

And, it seems the former junior Minister is refusing to apologise for those £10,000 worth of free Assembly envelopes… North Antrim MLA Daithi McKay says he has questions to answer… and it seems he’s getting the same answer his own party gave after the Inkgate controversy… which is roughly, “I didn’t do anything wrong, now mind your own business…”

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  • “North Antrim MLA Daithi McKay says he has questions to answer”

    I’ve looked at questions on the Assembly website but I can see no questions on this issue from Daithí.

  • dwatch

    £10,000 on free assembly envelopes when Paisley was an MLA, is this a joke?

    Maybe SF MLA Daithi McKay should be asked does he or any other SF MLA know were the £26 million disappeared to from the Northern Bank robbery a few years ago? Now that is more interesting.

  • carl marks

    dwatch
    It was £10,000 over one year, yes questions should be asked about the northern job,
    and I’m sorry you think possible misuse of public funds is a joke, perhaps you could explain the funny side to someone needing a operation that the NHS can’t afford or a OAP waiting for access work to be done in their house that the housing executive can’t afford.
    Of Course if you think two wrongs make a right then wasting public money is ok then i suppose

  • dwatch

    Carl Marks,
    SF MLA Daithi McKay can question all he likes until the cows come home. But unless Ian Paisley is ever ever charged with misusing public funds his is questioning will be viewed by others in the assembly as a load of mud slinging hot air.

  • Reader

    dwatch: £10,000 on free assembly envelopes when Paisley was an MLA, is this a joke?
    Not to me, I’m a taxpayer. I think that the DUP and SF should be setting good examples for each other. As it happens, IPJ has had some circumstantial evidence presented in his favour from unexpected sources here on Slugger. Nevertheless, a refusal to be held accountable is the sign of a bad attitude of the sort we have come to expect from politicians.

  • carl marks

    dwatch
    But unless Ian Paisley is ever ever charged with misusing public funds his is questioning will be viewed by others in the assembly as a load of mud slinging hot air.

    and unless IPJ answers the questions he is asked then some of the mud will stick. or will we have another “I know of him” moment.

  • dwatch

    Reader, no one has posted the assembly rules and regulations regards the use of (FREE ASSEMBLY ENVELOPES) and the numbers & cost that have been used by other MLA’s.

    Without such documentation how can IP be judged?

  • dwatch

    carl marks: “and unless IPJ answers the questions he is asked then some of the mud will stick. or will we have another “I know of him” moment.”

    So what, do you think IP will lose any sleep over what SF MLAs say about him?

  • carl marks

    I don’t know if JPJ is guilty of anything and i think he is entitled to a presumption of innocence but he must explain this properly.
    Now in view of your post of
    16 May 2012 at 3:57 pm
    Carl Marks,
    SF MLA Daithi McKay can question all he likes until the cows come home. But unless Ian Paisley is ever ever charged with misusing public funds his is questioning will be viewed by others in the assembly as a load of mud slinging hot air.
    And considering no SF MLA has ever been charged with the Northern Job.
    Then the post below can be viewed as a load of mud slinging hot air
    , Maybe SF MLA Daithi McKay should be asked does he or any other SF MLA know were the £26 million disappeared to from the Northern Bank robbery a few years ago? Now that is more interesting.
    Unless of course you apply different standards to different people, which I’m sure you don’t as that would be hypocrisy.

  • carl marks

    dwatch (profile)
    16 May 2012 at 4:28 pm

    Reader, no one has posted the assembly rules and regulations regards the use of (FREE ASSEMBLY ENVELOPES) and the numbers & cost that have been used by other MLA’s.

    Without such documentation how can IP be judged?

    that sounds like the defence used by quite a few MPs during the recent expenses scandal.

  • dwatch

    carl marks: “I don’t know if JPJ is guilty of anything and i think he is entitled to a presumption of innocence but he must explain this properly.”

    Explain to who?

  • carl marks

    dwatch
    “Explain to who?”
    The taxpayer’s of which I’m one, the envelopes are not free, we must pay for them.
    If your happy with politicians spending your money without having to explain it then more the fool you.
    things tight all over and those who we elect to represent us hav a duty to explain how they spend our money.

  • sdelaneys

    DUP at the envelopes, SF at the ink cartridges, which are the biggest wasters of taxpayers money? (we won’t count MLA’s use of DLA cars)

  • dwatch

    Exactly sdelaneys, I wonder how many MLA’s abuse the use of the subsidised restaurant at Stormont. I remember when M Thatcher won her first election many MP’s (from all parties) still owed some £2 million on their food bills in the subsidised restaurants at Westminster. In her first week as PM she just wiped it clean. I wrote a letter to national newspapers complaining about the abuse of £2 million taxpayers money but it was never published. Waste of time.

  • carl marks

    sdelaneys (profile)
    16 May 2012 at 6:33 pm

    DUP at the envelopes, SF at the ink cartridges, which are the biggest wasters of taxpayers money? (we won’t count MLA’s use of DLA cars).

    They are about the same in my opinion, both a waste of taxpayers’ money.
    One thing that gets to me is the sheer banality of it all, ink cartridges, envelopes what’s next biros?
    And they show the same lack of imagination in the way they run the country, and you know it’s our fault we elect these people and I’m willing to bet that we re-elect them next time round.
    Somebody once said that you get the politicians you deserve, he/she was right.

  • tacapall

    IPJ has nothing to apologise for, he’s doing a good job of taking advantage of Mrs Windsors generosity allowing all her MLA’s and MP’s to feel as free as she does in exploiting the the hard earned cash from others people toils. Sure its only £10,000 and at least he had a sort of reasonable excuse unlike some of them con artists up on the hill who would claim for a £1 charity donation or £300 for a pen. Politicians are parasites.

  • Comrade Stalin

    The Assembly authorizes an annual budget approaching £15bn. Yet we concern ourselves with the tiny fraction of this spent on supporting MLA’s office costs.

  • aquifer

    £10k is a lot when electoral expenses are limited by law.

    ‘Themmuns were doing it too so it is OK’ is just a recipe for permanent SFDUP rule, by hook or by crook.

  • carl marks

    Comrade Stalin

    True £10,000 is small change out of 15 billion but there are 2 very important principals here that i think are relevant,
    1/ a politician, who is wasteful or misuses the recourses given to him to carry out his constituency work, cannot be trusted to handle the big money.
    2/ the mind your own business answer when asked about his/her spending of public money is not acceptable, these people are elected by us and paid by us and have a duty to give full and honest answers.
    Now i don’t give a toss what party they belong to, they all have a duty to be careful with our money and another to explain how it was spent and on what.

  • How unfortunate that Sharon Rafferty, from Pomeroy, Sean Kelly from Toomebridge, Terence Aidan Coney, from Omagh and Gavin Coney from Omagh are unable to follow the lead of Wee Ian and the Robinsons and simply claim there was “no case to answer.” It would save the state a lot of time and money…….at least in the short term.

    “Full and honest answers” would be a real novelty! How can we expect any peaceful future when our “representitives” think they have nothing to answer for when they blatently abuse their positions of trust.

  • Trust Wee Ian to start his own covert stationary business just as the age of the paperless office dawns……

    Just another instance of the SF/DUP tendancy to live firmly in the past.