Saturday, 1 July 2017

Pork Barrel politics in Northern Ireland would be disastrous.

Wales Online have published what Northern Ireland   cam expect  from The UK Government has in return for the DUP propping up Theresa May’s minority Conservative administration.
The deal will boost Northern Ireland’s spending power by nearly £1.5bn and allow the type of investment in the health service, education and infrastructure that many people would love to see happen in Wales.
  1. £200m for roads
  2. £75m broadband
  3. . Replacing lost EU funds
  4. Giving N.Ireland the power to slash corporation tax
  5. A 'comprehensive and ambitious set of city deals' for Northern Ireland
  6. Devolving VAT on tourism business and tax on flights?
The interesting thing is that Northern Ireland hasn't even got a functioning executive at.the moment as the final final deadline  on the talks for the Northern Ireland Government is extended once again.

The BBC understands the latest round of Stormont talks ended at about 19:30 BST on Friday, breaking up fairly abruptly and not in a positive mood.
Sinn Féin said no progress was made but added talks will resume on Saturday.
The absence of devolved government in Northern Ireland "cannot continue for much longer," Secretary of State James Brokenshire has said.
He spoke after another day of talks between the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and Sinn Féin ended with no deal.
Speaking on the BBC's Any Questions programme, Mr Brokenshire said: 
"We've obviously had an extended period where Northern Ireland has not had politicians making decisions.
"The Northern Ireland Civil Service has effectively been running the show here. That cannot continue for an extended period, for much longer.
"I've already had to make certain statements over the budget to ensure that civil servants are able to do their job, so yes, it is about that focus on what now needs to happen."

If the Talks finally collapse then Northern Ireland would come under direct rule . leaving Mr Brokenshire  in charge of all the above.

This may in fact suit the DUP because  they can influence the Secretary of State to implement the sort of Pork Barrel Sectarian politics reminiscent of the Six Counties in the Past.

The General Election  has shown how east that could be  carried out  with a distinct  difference where the representation in Westminster lies/
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It would be relatively simple  for a Unionist influenced Secretary of State  to allocate most of the resourced  to Orange areas , without facing the opposition and exposure that would happen in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

What that means for the Peace Progress is very dangerous.

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