So Nelson McCausland, Peter Robinson, DUP, Stephen Brimstone (honestly thats his name), NIHE, Red Sky, Councillor Jenny Palmer in Lisburn….I have been thinking and ya know what?
I dont give a tinkers curse about any of it.
I am supposed to be outaged…and to be honest Im not at all outraged.
Theres a dreary predictability to it all.
And it will all quietly be swept aside.
Unionists dont like the Norn Iron Housing Executive. An unwieldy and flawed beaurocracy certainly but the real reason that it is a target for Minister McCausland is that it was set up in early 1970s as a non-sectarian alternative to unionists allocating public sector housing to their undeserving supporters.
Anyone really surprised?
The NIHE used to have staff that carried out housing repairs . This is privatised. the work is not done, it is badly done, it is over-priced. Audit reports confirm it. Anyone really surprised?
One firm singled out and the evidence seems conclusive. Taking her role as a politically appointed NIHE Board Member seriously, DUP appointee Jenny Palmer says that they deserved to lose contracts.
Cllr Palmer says the Special Advisor (to McCausland) Stephen Brimstone contacted her to say that “the Party comes first”. There is uncertainty about this version but Minister McCausland doesnt seem to want to know the definitive version. Surprised?
East Belfast Politicians seemingly DUP are concerned that the decision had sectarian motives. Surprised?
There is no basis for that suggestion…says Jenny Palmer….and shes DUP also.
In an interview with Mark Carruthers (BBC) McCausland was all wounded dignity and bluster. Does that surprise anyone?
Peter Robinson mutters darkly about the BBC and talks about legal action. Surprised?
The other political parties are outraged at the suggestion of political interference. They want the Minister censured. Suprised? Or sacked? Not in any particular order. Surprised?
The Assembly will consider it all. Surprised?
The DUP will do the whole Petition of Concern thing. Surprised?
Nothing will happen.
Sinn Fein will remain officially outraged but the desiny of DUP and Sinn Fein are linked. It is…as Mark Durkan puts it…a one party state with an Orange wing and a Green wing.
IT IS ALL A COMPLETE SHAM.