The former Chief Examiner of CCEA ‘A’ Level Economics, and current Minister of Penny Pinching, Finance and Personnel, Sammy Wilson came to a briefly convened Assembly meeting on Tuesday to talk cash. Or at least that’s the polite way of putting it.
A more diligent and thorough columnist would outline in detail the budgetary outturn, the fiscal picture, the investment package and the other, err, interesting facts presented by Sammy.
But, let’s face it, the rows and fighting were much more fun! More money please for swine flu! No, you can’t have it! Make the school nurses jab the swine! Don’t be silly! Have some money for houses!
For one hour the duly elected representatives of the electorate of Northern Ireland arrived at Parliament Buildings. With a flurry of planned press releases all set to issue forth as soon as the statement was made, the row over the sow [flu] hit more of the headlines and then they all went home...but, presumably, not until they had completed their mileage expenses.