“The first minister does not take her instructions from Sinn Féin, but from the electorate.”
That was the statement issued after Martin McGuinness advised his coalition partner First Minister Arlene Foster ,that it might be the most advised option given that she was the entire focus of the “Cash for Ash “scandal and that remaining in office while the scandal ensued might actually damage the office which she jointly- manages with her Sinn Fein cohort.
That’s a very odd and arrogant thing to say , or even to believe, you might think.There appears to be something very remiss with her thinking in that she appears not to realise that she is in a “Joint Ministry” with her Sinn Fein colleague and that his role is of equal status to her own; the “First Minister” title actually being in place only for the “optics” because neither party can exist without the support of the other; without one of the partners the whole circus will simply collapse..When the roles are eventually reversed , that will still be the position. It is why there is now a government(sort of!) and an Opposition. i think she’s possibly not read that chapter of the story or has willfully misunderstood her role .
There is also her perception that her soon -to- be -ex-colleague, the sanctimonious and god -fearing , Mr Jonathan Bell ,is actually a bully and has intimidated her “poor defenceless female presence” during office hours in the past when the evidence is there in front of us all in her own argumentative, bullying style . He is about to sue her for comments she made about him. To most onlookers , far from being cowed by anyone , male or female, she appears to have no real conception of her own public persona, at all.We can see the oily nature of Mr Bell and the brazen, on his knees, god-worrying haplessness. On the other hand, she seems to be the kind who is quite capable of arguing that a black crow is actually white and indeed is currently in the process of attempting that very debate. The public are not so easily fooled but might simply be prepared to pay the price to maintain the illusion that a unionist minister is actually in charge of something when she is patently not.
You’d imagine that had she really been in charge that Mr Bell would have beeen sacked for harrassment long ago and that she would not have wasted £480 million of our money in her disasterous scheme.It remains to be teased out exactly which  nests have been feathered in that ridiculous scheme and whose pockets have been filled in the process …..and if some of these benefactors will be prepared to bail Arlene out with a “cashback deal”


  1. fiosrach December 17, 2016 at 12:50 pm #

    The electorate voted to remain in the EU. What is the point of being a minister if you can’t keep track of what is going on in your department and seemingly sign anything that ‘consultants’ put in front of you? As we all know there are many advice and direction givers in a car but if an accident happens the gendarmes come for the driver.

    • paddykool December 17, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

      Good point fiosrach about listening to the electorate. She patently hasn’t listened to them about the EU and the Norneverland Brexit vote. She’s had her year and she’s proved to be incompetant. Holding your breath and huffing and passing the buck doesn’t constitute political prowess. in any sense. Leaders have to lead but she seems incapable of doing that at all.The responsibility as to how this scheme was set up without the same failsafe that was in the original UK scheme rests with her .As everyone has pointed out .It’s all about the money.follow the money and see who is befitting most from the scheme. Who manufactures the boilers ; who makes the wood-pellets to sell for them .ultimately who got into the deal with the knowledge that by sending a single £1.00 you could make £1.60 every time. People close to Arlene such as the sticky-fingered Mr Brimstone of the Red Sky scandal was already dipping his beak….and quite expectedly and perfectly “legally” too of course (why wouldn’t it be when it was designed that way?!). I want to see who else close to the fire were also getting a nice little earner at our expense.An independent inquiry is the only way to go or we should close this shop down immediately.No ifs and no buts. It’s looking very corrupt to me and the ministers are unsuitable for purpose.

      • Jack Black December 17, 2016 at 2:57 pm #

        You simply could not make this up Paddy, I could add much more to your comments but I won’t, what’s the point of both of us being labelled as two “sectarian bigots” for pointing out the bare facts of this whole debacle?

        • paddykool December 17, 2016 at 3:24 pm #

          For me it is beyond sectarian, Jack. The scheming hypocrisy and avarice is beyond parody and i would say the same if it had been any other party or individuals , no matter their politics or religion. The boys over at LAD see it for what it really is…an exercide in the absurd masquerading as politics . You can be sure that if it was happening in the UK., Arlene and her good buddies would already be offside and the population would be exercising their protest and indignation that their money was being squandered by these idiotic quasi -politicians and ne-er -do -wells.

      • moser December 18, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

        Too right Harry ! ” an independent inquiry is the only way to go or we should close this shop down immediately”.

  2. Nuala Heaney December 17, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

    After the “vote for me or you’ll get Martin Mc Guinness” election, she seems to have believed this green land is now an orange one and she can get away with the same codology her unionist predecessors did.
    But times move faster now. It took 50 years to highlight the previous discrimination. Just a year for Arlene’s own goal to ‘light up the sky’.

    • Jack Black December 17, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

      Nuala, no one appears to be mentioning the British role in all of this, afterall, it’s mostly their taxpayers money involved in all of this yet the newest clown in town (Brokenshire) has remained silent…………..honest brokers my arse as Jim would say.

  3. Sherdy December 17, 2016 at 2:21 pm #

    I am surprised that no one seems to be focusing on the company/companies who approached potential clients selling them a deal which guaranteed them a handsome profit, provided they would run the burners 24/7×365.
    Apparently clients only had to sign a document giving the company authorisation to act on their behalf, and they would look after the application, (there didn’t seem to be any inspection of property to make sure the scheme was genuine), installation, maintenance, and supply of the pellets.
    It was spelled out the potential profit each side would make – but the boiler costs would be amortised inside five years of the 20 year (apparently cast iron) contract.
    It is impossible to believe that whoever worked out the details of the scheme did not realise that giving £1,600 for every £1,000 worth of pellets would not burn a hole in the department’s budget!
    How many people (and what are their names?) were involved in vetting this scheme?
    Any investigation must give us this information!

  4. billy December 17, 2016 at 2:52 pm #

    when the fracking companies identified a prime site to start their work a few yrs back the dup were all for it,(fexk the brown trout)anyway whoever owned the land were to be paid over the odds for the land and a few quid every year for the duration,weesammy was up in arms when the plan was scrubbed,now who owned the land,nobody other than big arnolds close relations that wasnt even investigated just another one brushed under the carpet.their all at their antics you only need to look at their jollars to see the abuse the canteens getting.close her up.