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Belfast Newsletter article – excellent for assessment on executive performance…

This very public spat between the minister for finance and the education minister illustrates lack of collective government. This can’t be good for executive performance… This article also outlines some of the things the executive has done and some of the things it hasn’t in the 12 months since the PfG. Click the link for … Continue reading

A&E chaos in NI: Who is to blame?

The story below outlines serious problems in the Belfast Trust. Follow the link at the end for the full story. Apparently Edwin Poots (The Minister) is being kept in the dark about the extent of the problems, but as Minister should he ensure he is more aware? Is it the Assembly Committees responsibility to reveal … Continue reading

What has NI Executive done 12 months on from PfG?

The link below summarises the key objectives and targets outlined by the Executive. Try to measure what the government has actually done against these targets 12 months on? http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-15749455

How a Bill becomes a law…USA – diagram

Excellent US Politics site – this on committees…

This link to committees is useful, if only to illustrate how money talks in US Politics… http://www.opensecrets.org/cmteprofiles/index.php

US Election results in full


NI Assembly votes to lower voting age to 16

Two things about this before you click the link below… 1. This will not change voting law as that’s in the purview of Westminster. Should it be? 2. Our youngest MLA is 21!! Life experience? Career politics? http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-20227808

Cameron loses vote in Commons – sign of trouble ahead?

Copy the link below into your browser if it doesn’t work automatically. It’s not a decisive vote but it again shows that Europe is a “hot potato ” for Conservatives. Government loses vote on EU budget David Cameron fails to persuade enough rebels to back down on demands for a real-terms cut in the EU … Continue reading

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