EDUCATION, education, education was what Mr Blair promised voters in 1997. Such promises ring hollow here in Northern Ireland where the post-primary crisis has faded away from the headlines, if not from the hearts and minds of pupils and parents.
The latest phase of the education joke, or system as those involved endearingly call it, is the Education Skills Authority.
Due to open for business at the dawn of 2010, the ESA exists in a state of limbo as the necessary legislation is not place. Agreement within the Executive to let the Education Bill proceed on its merry way through the Assembly has not been forthcoming. Sound familiar?
A new run of the TV series, The Blame Game, will so be soon be aired, featuring Sinn Féin and the DUP finding new and interesting ways to blame each other. Policing and justice, education, the colour of the sky, whether Einstein’s equations will be proven by the Large Hadron Collider, are all in the melting pot.