IN a particularly busy week in
The soon to be finance minister was embroiled in another triple jobbing row. This time he was wearing his MLA hat and
Sammy appeared in the media after yet another vote in Belfast City Council on allowing proposed waste facilities on the north foreshore of Belfast Lough. Sammy didn’t take part in the first vote as he was unsure if was conflicted, given his position as environment minister.
Having taken legal advice (you really couldn’t make this up), the environment minister said he was entitled to vote as there was no real conflict of interest.
There then, in almost time honoured fashion, followed a rant on double and triple jobbing and how it was no big deal.
Hang on there. If you do the sums, Sammy is not double jobbing; he’s not triple jobbing. He is quadruple jobbing. Let’s take it from the top.
Job number 1: Councillor – representing ratepayers of
Job number 2: MP – representing constituents of East Antrim in
Job number 3: NI Executive Minister – representing the population of NI on matters of the environment (and soon to be custodian of the Executive budget).
Job number 4: MLA – representing constituents of
On a different but connected note, he held another job until he jacked it in during October 2007. He was, according to the Assembly website, Chief Examiner in Economics A Level for the schools curriculum body, the CCEA. Perfect for the Finance post then…an expert in A level economics!