Friday, 27 February 2009

Back to Business

No not a plea for MLAs to do some work, rather the announcement that South Antrim MLA David Burnside is to quit the Assembly to concentrate on his business interests.

Which means that there will now be invoked an arcane selection procedure for the UUP (or should that be Ulster and Conservative Unionists) candidate to take his place.

Once, the next man or woman on the party’s list automatically took the seat. Now it is party that decides on the replacement and in this instance the party leader, Sir Reg Empey. Will he go mad and select a woman. The Ulster Unionist have no women MLAs in the chamber (we counted the members of the legislative chamber twice and the answer was still nil). An opportunity…

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