The plan to reduce the bloated local government bureaucracy from 26 councils to a still high number of 11 foundered as the members of the Executive sat around in wee clumps of huffing Ministers.
And then the finger pointing began: with Sinn Féin, SDLP, UUP and Alliance on one side, and the DUP on the other.
There are really no adequate words to describe the increasing list of failures at Ministerial level. Yes, there has been some good work done by the Executive; but then again that’s what their supposed to do. In fact, the good, run-of-the-mill work only highlights the dismal failure on all sides to behave as if they were grown-up, mature human beings.
The majority of employees face some sort of performance appraisal: targets are set and if targets are met they get remunerated appropriately. Given the bloated salaries that Ministers receive, it would surely be a time for the Executive team to be paid according to what they do.