A LOT of MLAs seem to have had an unerring knack of claiming their maximum expenses entitlement.
It takes an almost unimaginable amount of financial dexterity to know going into the final weeks of the accounting period that you’ve claimed almost exactly the maximum amount allowed.
Assembly Director General Trevor Reaney was quick to point out that all the claims were within the rules and had been approved. That’s all right then…
The flip side of this is that as MLAs are so financially capable in claiming their expenses, surely they can sort out NI plc. If we just tell them it’s an expenses claim, they’ll have the economy whipped into shape in no time.