No minister at Stormont’s ‘Openness and Transparency from the Executive’ debate

The Assembly motion on Openness and Transparency from the Executive finished about a hour ago, and featured. Not one currently serving Minister was in attendance. That’s little short of contempt.

A point reiterated by all parties in the (actual) Opposition. The ‘government’ distinguished only by its absence…

Instead, as one member for North Antrim put it…

But the best trigger line came from another…

Then, online…

The Twittersphere (or rather those still awake) ‘gasped’…

And then a final riposte from the member for North Antrim…

DUP members tried to suggest that no one outside the institutions care if they as an administration are not accountable in the chamber.

That the Executive does not consider itself accountable lies in the fact that no one with Executive status bothered to defend its record in NI’s Legislative Assembly.

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

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