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it all depends whose sensitivity it is

By Mike Cunningham On January 1st, 2014 at 11:27 am


As David has commented previously,  the whole document was so bad that even the most incompetent of Unionists felt they could not sign up to the deal.

I do wonder, however, whose was the hand, and mind, which authored the wonderful phrases ‘with sensitivity and rigorous intellectual integrity’ which appears on Page 32, and the equally-beguiling ‘after decades of living quiet lives, their admission could lead their friends and families to dramatically re-evaluate their character’; noticed on Page 34?


By David Vance On September 5th, 2013 at 7:19 am


Oh no! We have lost one of our wonderful MLA’s and I feel such a sense of loss.

“The SDLP South Belfast MLA Conall McDevitt has announced that he is to quit politics with immediate effect. Mr McDevitt says he failed to declare more than £6,000 earned from a public relations company shortly after he was appointed as an MLA.

Poor Conall was almost in tears, his voice creaking, as he bravely stepped down over what he defines as this sole incidence of ..erm..forgetfulness over money. Well, that is not quite ALL he declared to tell us – is it?

He has come under significant public pressure after it emerged his wife, Joanne Murphy, a Queen’s University academic, (tick box) had received more than £30,000 over the last two years for work as a researcher assisting his role on the Northern Ireland Policing Board.

Ms Murphy’s company JM Consulting was also paid more than £14,000 for research and secretarial work from Mr McDevitt’s expenses.

Oh my. What rotten luck for Conall. Of course there is an upside to all of this – it may give him more time to follow my tweets. Remember this?

TUV election candidate David Vance has become embroiled in a row over his strongly-worded support for the Israeli blockade of Gaza.  His comments on Twitter have been denounced by SDLP Assemblyman Conall McDevitt. The South Belfast MLA said the “no messing about” remark “can only be taken as incitement to even tougher military action than that which left nine people dead and 35 injured”.

And then there was this…

I am sure a quango awaits McDevitt with a nice juicy salary care of the UK taxpayer. He will be missed by those of us who enjoy comedy in politics. Tramp the dirt down, Conall?


By David Vance On November 7th, 2012 at 10:29 am

The sheeple who think Stormont makes any real difference to their lives MIGHT want to reflect on this financial auditing news of the great and the not so good ;

  • Health trusts and education boards are failing to pay half their bills on time.
  • £1.1m paid to staff at five education boards relating to work for which fees weren’t legally required.
  • A controversial land deal which saw a site bought for £9.7m by a housing association — on the same day it was sold for £6.5m.
  • £400,000 spent by Ilex on projects without proper approval.
  • Stormont’s top department, OFMDFM, spent £1.6m on the Maze/Long Kesh project despite approval being rescinded.
  • Benefit fraud and error costing almost £54m, with customer fraud soaring by 45% to £22m in 2011.

Thank goodness we have OUR incompetents wasting OUR cash, right?  Baaaaaaaa..


By David Vance On May 7th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

This sums it up. Just listen if you have ears….


By David Vance On March 9th, 2011 at 9:43 am

On the day when the DUP/Sinn Fein axis will push through it’s economically illiterate budget, here is a stunning example of the gross incompetence that presides at Stormont.

Taxpayers have lost millions of pounds in a land deal between two Northern Ireland government departments, an Audit Office report has revealed. The report said the Department of Finance and Personnel accepted an informal valuation of £200m on a Department of Agriculture property. The property was later found to be worth as little as £2.28m.

Got that? Worth as little as £2.28 but purchased for £200m.

And WHO is the Minister who presided over this gross foolishness? Peter Robinson. And who has hushed it up over the past few years? Step forward Sammy Wilson – FINANCE Minister, the wannabe Milton Friedman of the DUP.

And now – Sammy and his pals would very much like the power to raise taxes????? I would not trust these people to sweep the floor, but if they succeed they will sweep your bank account in the same way as they lavish these hundreds of millions on nothing.