DEPUTY First Minister, Martin McGuinness slammed his mate at the top, First Minister Peter Robinson for calling for a reduction of Government departments and MLAs.
Martin was upset that Peter called for just eight Government departments and 75 MLAs, as well as a review of “arms length bodies”. [This in itself is an interesting term – it means a government funded public agency that has the phrase “arms length” attached to create the illusion of independence, but is really to make sure Government is an arms length away when there is a cock-up…]
He argued that if the DUP hadn’t “blocked” the establishment of the Educations and Skills Authority and other such things that occupy the Executive’s waking hours, then we’d already have saved some money.
Then others weighed in offering their opinion.
Peter must have been secretly delighted to have created such a stir.
The art of all comedy is, after all timing, and that is why we half suspect that the First Minister and deputy First Minister sometimes must script their statements behind close doors.
“Hello my good friend Martin! I’ve gotta wee speech to give later on. What about if I call for something that I’ve already called for, and then make some statement about cuts that I’m going to claim were my boys’ ideas all along.”
“Sounds like a plan, Peter. Suppose you would like me to slag you off?”
“Too right my old friend – makes me look good to the party faithful when you say bad things about me”.
“Tell you what Peter. How’s about I go further and throw some mud about the DUP screwing up things.”
“Sounds about right my north-west friend – I reckon that should grab a few more pointless headlines.”
“Right then Peter – fancy a pint?”
“To quote my predecessor, only if it’s a pint of orange juice!”
“Good one, Petey!”
Is this stretching the bounds of reality? If not, they must have this really weird and scary telepathy thing between them….