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Lack of political accountability is the real scandal

Published 03/03/2016

Your article on the "financial fiasco" of the Northern Ireland Events Company (News, February 24) quotes Sinn Fein MLA Michaela Boyle, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, declaring: "This is one of the biggest scandals that has arisen in the history of the committee under devolution; the level of scandal involved is completely shocking."

Is it on a par with her party colleagues claiming £700,000 expenses for research from a company run by party officials, where no evidence of research exists?

The real scandal is we have a political class which is comfortable overseeing a lower standard of public accountability for their own spending than that which applies to everyone else.

With that double standard in play, is it any wonder that respect for our politicians is at an all-time low?


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