Monday, 19 January 2009

Torpedoing debates - surely not!

When a week starts it seems that there is a sweepstake running to see how many minutes/hours/days it is before Education Minister Catriona Ruane steps into a row.

This week it was Tuesday morning, when Ruane was in the middle of a muddle disguised as a controversy.

The Assembly had been scheduled to debate on rural school closures during Tuesday’s plenary session.

Lo and behold late on Monday the education department published its Sustainable Schools policy, which specifically sets out the criteria for closing schools.

With various members describing the policy publication date as strange timing, there was a sense that the New Year was really underway with Ruane embroiled in a row and Wilson wading into his own officials!

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