Gosh. Ever wanted to disregard employment law, ignore fairness and obscure all transparency in recruitment? Stormont is the place to be!
“Opposition politicians have expressed concern about the use of a special legal procedure to appoint a new Stormont press secretary. The first and deputy first ministers used powers under what is known the Royal Prerogative to create the role for former BBC journalist David Gordon. Mr Gordon edited the BBC’s Nolan Show. The Newsletter has discovered the law was changed using the highly unusual procedure to enable the post to be filled without being advertised.”
So the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister deploy an obscure law to ensure they can recruit for a key post without ever advertising it. Naturally it is a BBC minion that they wish to place at the heart of their spin operation. David Gordon is not the first such to move from BBC NI to Stormont spin. A BBC NI “senior political editor” called Stephen Grimason did the same some years ago and now holds high office.
When it comes to the Stormont Government and the BBC I am reminded of this quote from 1984….
“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”