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Friday, 1 October 2010

Ministerial Choices

In an exclusive interview for Farm Week, Tom Elliott has held out the prospect of the UUP taking the Agriculture Ministry after the Assembly election. 

"The suckler and beef farmer from County Fermanagh even held out the prospect of an Ulster Unionist Agriculture Minister..."

The nature of the ministerial appointment system means only one choice can be guaranteed - the very first one and that falls to the largest party.  After that choices are shaped by the decisions of others.  Basil had prioritised education as the UUP's preferred first choice of ministry (assuming it was still available) is Tom going to make Agriculture the UUP's first choice (assuming it is still available)?

4 comments:

Chekov said...

Fecking hell.

Dilettante said...

"Basil had prioritised education as the UUP's preferred first choice of ministry (assuming it was still available) is Tom going to make Agriculture the UUP's first choice (assuming it is still available)."

That is really, really depressing.

Lee said...

Apologies there should have been a question mark on the end of that sentence

Seymour Major said...

Could somebody tell Tom Elliot that "saving the UUP's bacon" is not the same thing as "saving the bacon"

I think the DUP will be doing all of the milking!