Erm, DUP leader rounds on party critics and calls them ‘puffed up lemmings’…

I’ve been pretty quiet on the rumours emanating from the DUP. Mostly because most of it is unattributable. But, whatever went on in the last few weeks, this is not good politics: DUP leader Peter Robinson has called critics within his party “people with the strategic vision of a lemming”. Mr Robinson would not be drawn on naming individuals whom he said were “puffed up by their own importance”. “I have made the comment and unlike some others, I haven’t …

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Poots’ residential care home fiasco shows risk aversion brings its own troubles

So last week it was the Health Minister’s turn to get burned. Yet at the end of the week, it is not at all clear as to how the Health Trusts came to interpret ‘at least 50%’ of all Trust residential care homes as 100%, in the case of the Northern Trust, over the longer term. On one level the Minister is getting it in the neck because of his own aggressive and highly populist positioning when Michael McGimpsey was …

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