How far is Sinn Fein going to let welfare sulk go?
IT was interesting to note that when Martin McGuinness was told by the Government "there is no more money", like a child refused extra pocket money from his parents who would run crying to his grandparents, Martin headed off to the States.
Bearing in mind the American citizen has less State support than we as British citizens enjoy, what did he hope to achieve?
Martin can't run away from that fact that Northern Ireland needs the block grant. We get billions of pounds in support.
Under the Stormont House Agreement a welfare system had been agreed that is superior to that available to our fellow citizens in mainland UK.
How far is Sinn Fein going to allow this sulk to go? Is it prepared to sacrifice the well-being of some of the most vulnerable people for the benefit of its southern political project?
It looks like Martin McGuinness and his Sinn Fein colleagues are quite happy to collapse the Assembly and go for direct rule.
If they do that, they will be totally responsible for the immediate introduction of the full package of the UK welfare reforms, without any of the additional support previously negotiated.
Martin McGuinness needs to demonstrate leadership and stop being led by the nose by Sinn Fein's southern command.
ROSS HUSSEY (UUP)
MLA for West Tyrone