“I want to know if the Minister is going to put pressure on these factories.” ..”

If you think that ‘policy issues’ don’t apply in Northern Ireland, listen to Jim, a farmer from Co Armagh. “There is something morally wrong here” he says. He’s less than complementary about the Minister who has been most notable by her absence.

Whilst Simon Coveney is all over what is clearly a bad situation that is going to get much worse before it gets better, our minister is nowhere to be seen. On Nolan this morning a fellow party member of the health committee was sent in to bat on her behalf.

It is NO part of a committee members job to bat for a minister. It is very much a part of their job to take the whole damned Executive to account for a situation that is clearly out of its control.

A drifting ship without a rudder…

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