When and how will Northern Ireland be getting a new Minister for DRD?

So, I’ve been wondering. Why have the DUP elected to roll in and out and out of office on a seven day cycle?

Well, perhaps it’s to make sure that if anything urgent comes up then they can be seen to deal with it by signing off, just as Health Minister Simon Hamilton has done over the funding of specialist drugs.

According to legislation a party has seven days after a ministerial resignation before it falls to the Assembly (rather than the Executive) to ensure that that post is filled by running dHondt.

Thus this merry-go-round, as David puts it, is a defence not against an election – the retention of the First Minister’s role is enough to prevent that from happening – but against the Assembly running dHondt and other parties taking those jobs.

Which begs an interesting question of Speaker Mitchel McLaughlin. Why hasn’t he forced the Assembly to appoint a new DRD Minister? [It’s not as though he hasn’t been there before . – Ed]

UPDATE: It’s happening Monday, durr, because this is the first opportunity…

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  • chrisjones2

    So this means some MLA will be stuck in the postn paid the dosh for doing nothing?

    Will he / she / it take the salary? Should they be allowed to?

  • Nevin

    “Why have the DUP elected to roll in and out and out of office on a seven day cycle?”

    Sam McBride has provided an explanation: “DUP to use bizarre ‘non-government’ tactic in bid to get PM to act”.

  • Barneyt

    What are the HR costs involved here 🙂

  • mickfealty

    What are you thinking?

  • chrisjones2

    Is the MLA Pension scheme a ‘final salary’ or career average’ scheme. If the former this could be worth megabucks to a party hack

  • Granni Trixie

    I read that journalists seeking the specifics of salaries in these circumstances could not obtain answers.

  • Granni Trixie

    I suspect that the DUP have underestimated how the public perceive these antics – as ridiculous.

  • Dan

    Is the public watching any more?

  • Granni Trixie

    indeed they are – in fear – they can see the consequences – and it’s not just the people I knock about with as I hear conversations in stores and workplaces indicating their disgust. Whether that makes people vote to change,who knows?

  • Dan

    Oh there’s disgust and contempt for sure, but gripped by the ongoing drama at Stormont?
    Most are just wanting it to close down and go away.

  • raymonds back

    When will someone put it to the DUP that they are in breach of their pledge of office by not participating fully in the executive?

  • C Mac Siacais

    A case of that male scourge: premature eh-speculation.

  • Kevin Breslin

    I wonder if Poots, Wells or McCausland on the DUP substitutes bench can be trusted to do nothing.

  • Kevin Breslin

    Why hasn’t Jim Allister asked if the DUP Special Advisors haven’t resigned yet? Or has he?

  • Catcher in the Rye

    I would expect that a minister in post, including one who is serving out a 7 day notice period, will receive a full ministerial salary and will be able to appoint a SpAd, etc.

    I always find debates about salaries and expenses tiresome. Voters cast their votes for politicians knowing that they have the effective power to set their own salaries and expenses arrangements.

  • Granni Trixie

    Er,no – you may feel like that but especially at times of austerity politicians being wastful is not a good look. Public pressure as markers of disapproval lets them know when they are going too far.
    I do not follow your logic that when we vote politicians in we give them a blank check. There is such a thing as accountability. Why that does not apply to your thinking is unusual,I guess.

  • aquifer

    Great point. The DUP are champion at siphoning state funds.

    Though the IRA were no slouches, syphoning diesel and customs duties.