Friday, 25 April 2008

Fred Cobain signals intention to rebel

Speaking at a Conference on devolution, Fred Cobain, the UUP North Belfast MLA and Chairperson of the Regional Development Committee, repeatedly criticised the current devolved arrangements. He claimed that they were designed for the situation as existed 10 years ago, attacked elements of the Programme for Government, repeatedly said there needed to be an Opposition and clearly said that he would not vote in favour of charging for water.

One assumes the UUP, as part of the Executive, will attempt to ‘whip’ its members in to supporting the Executive’s policy? If they do, Mr Cobain is clearly not for following his party’s whip.

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