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And so, the politicians collude with the media to bring about another “break through” at Stormont. It’s enough to give you a breakdown! Last night, those high powered Ministers met at Stormont and were prepared to “work through the night” to agree on a Programme for Government (currently 4 years late) The media could barely conceal their child-like excitement. Would our brave politicians be able to “agree” and gain the “breakthrough”? No one asked why these intrepids could not have worked through the day. The truth is that this is blatant media manipulation and yet everyone plays along with it.

And then, the laughable summary of what has been agreed.

With the economy the number one issue, the Executive has decided it is going to create at least 21,000 by 2014. Yes, this has been decreed by our betters and thus it will happen. It almost seems cruel to point out that DUP/Sinn Fein have presided over the loss of 20,000 jobs in the past four years. Quite HOW these jobs are to be conjured up remains a great mystery but I am sure that Arlene Foster can be relied upon to provide further magic clues later today.

Another exciting policy agreed upon is the implementation of the Education and Skills Authority (ESA). This Sinn Fein driven project will ensure that academic selection is removed from our Education system, as the ESA CEO Gavin Boyd has explicitly spelt out. So, just so we are all clear, the DUP collude in the final destruction of the NI Grammar School system, despite their pledges to the contrary.

Other little gimmicks include a “guarantee” of one “free” year pre-school education, and grants to double glaze housing executive houses.

I will await the full details of the PFG but the Lilliputians at Stormont have once again shown a failure to confront real issues and instead tilt at their windmills.

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12 thoughts on “THE THEATRE OF THE ABSURD…

  1. But aren’t they going to give leg ups to small and medium size business? Don’t hear you calling for them to cut that? So you will gain, but how about the poor? Don’t give me your relative poverty argument, there are elderly out there deciding on eat or heat?

    And…come to think of it what happened to all the jobs for east Belfast you were to conjure up?

    We’ll just have to wait and see ….

  2. Ah Kateyo so many questions. Here are a few answers;

    1. The weight of bureaucracy they impose crushes small to medium business. I want nothing from them, just left alone to make profit.
    2. I want to axe the overseas aid budget and use those billions to help OUR deserving. Didn’t you hear me repeat that yesterday?
    3. I never said anything about “conjuring” up jobs. I’m a business man, the State can never create jobs, but it can ruin them.

  3. kateyo –

    But aren’t they going to give leg ups to small and medium size business?

    Government can only do this by taking from others. Each grant, each subsidy, each cheap loan, each tranche of money from government can only happen by first looting the productive.

    On balance the effect is always negative and destructive of wealth.

  4. “With the economy the number one issue, the Executive has decided it is going to create at least 21,000 by 2014”

    I suggest you rectify that sentence to include the object jobs David.

    For someone continuously bemoaning the quality of our education system regarding the abolition of the transfer test and the alleged “dumbing down” of our universities it’s a lazy mistake to make.

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