Wednesday, July 23, 2008

DUP/ Sinn Féin Axis Ministers Should Hand Back Their Salary

One of the main roles of Stormont Ministers is to act together as a collective in the form of the Executive. The whole point of this is to agree on the best way to do the job they were elected to do and to justify the rather large sums of money they get as Ministers.

However, with the DUP and Sinn Féin refusing to meet, the process of government has ground to a standstill.

As SDLP Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie has said: The cancellation of Thursday’s Executive meeting is totally unacceptable.

“I am outraged that amongst the many other important issues which are being held up in this logjam I am not able to progress my own housing agenda.

“The people who elected us have the right to expect much better from the Ministers they entrusted with power.

“This year I have set out to deliver a progressive and innovative strategy to deliver social and affordable housing.

“This is now being frustrated by the continued procrastination of Sinn Fein and their refusal to play ball at Executive level.

“I have been unable to table three bills to the Executive and following a previous cancellation wrote to the Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister to seek assurances that future meetings will go ahead.

“This letter was not even acknowledged, which is hardly progressive government.”

Accepting pay when they aren't fulfilling their roles as expected is an insult to the voters and taxpayers of the north. Cutting ribbons and posing for photos isn't enough. Ministers are paid to negotiate with each other and deliver. Instead, the DUP and Sinn Féin are acting like spoilt idiots. Rather than negotiate with each other, they'd prefer to delay progress here and go running to 10 Downing Street for solutions.

The time has come for the DUP and Sinn Féin to grow up and start acting like they mean business. Otherwise, what is the point of their existence?


bill said...

Once again, people get the government they deserve. I would suggest that the majority of voters, having voted DUP and SF, had no intention of having a government that worked but, in fact, quite the opposite. Having elected them, why now complain? The next election is the one that will demonstrate whether the electorate is ready for real progress or more of the same old, same old.

Anonymous said...

The DUP/SF have delivered nothing in over a year and the 'Battle a day' prediction is coming to haunt us. they delivered nothing n the past except negativity so why change?

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more with you el mat - As an over taxed and under paid government worker I resent the fact that we have SF and DUP ministers who cannot or will not get together and deliver - I say we should suspend their pay packets - if the rest of us didn't work to full capacity then that is what would happen us!