The photograph shows Alasdair McDonnell winding up the Forum.
Fearghal McKinney made a short introduction
Alasdair made a short low key speech
Alex Attwood made probably the best speech I have heard him make.
And three sessions of panel discussions:
Rebalancing the Economy …chaired by Dominic Bradley MLA
Stephen Kingon…Past Chair of Invest NI
Paul McFlynn, NERI
Lisa McElherron, NICVA
Nigel Smyth, CBI
Growing Jobs Exporting Product…chaired by Patsy McGlone MLA
John Bradley, EMDS
Ronnie Hall, European Commission
Declan Gormley, IOD
Ann McGregor, Chamber of Commerce
Wesley Aston, UFU
Addressing the Skills Deficit…chaired by Alban Magennis MLA
Joanne Stuart, Attrus
David Gavaghan, Titanic Quarter Ltd
Sean Rogers MLA
Economics is the serious end of Politics and I dont actually understand a word of it.
Economists are “scientists” precise and academic. Although they CAN have agendas, even the “straight down the middle” presentation of economists is often uncomfortable for socialists like SDLP.
My notes are a collection of quotes and I will start another Blog which will reflect that. They were some interesting statistics and some very quotable quotes.
The Attwood speech deserves a thread on its own.
As always the success of a session depends on the balance between Speeches and Questions from the Floor.
This is SERIOUS POLITICS.
Worthy and a bit dull at times…but it is what Politics should be about.