Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 14 October 2015

McGuinness was wrong to mention Mandela

Published 09/06/2011

Listening to Martin McGuinness being interviewed on Radio Ulster on Sunday, I wondered if there wasn't a chink or two in Mr McGuinness' logic.

To introduce Nelson Mandela as some sort of justification for unaccountable appointment of ministerial advisers seems a low-grade appeal for popular approval.

Mandela was elected to his position of president of South Africa, as is McGuinness to the Assembly. They are both irrelevant to this controversy as there is no dispute about elected representatives.

Mr McGuinness contended that a role for previous participants in Northern Ireland's conflict is important to the present peace process. Fair-minded people would not dispute that ex-prisoners should not be discriminated against in employment.

But equally, fair-minded people would contend that appointments of any sort should follow a transparent recruitment process, which includes application and full disclosure of relevant qualifications for the post. If appointees have extraordinary qualifications for a position, why should they not be published.

'Equality' is a Sinn Fein watchword. In the past, they argued that abolition of the 'jobs for the boys/girls' discriminatory practice of the unionist regime was integral to their 'struggle'.

With so many small ministries, why do ministers need special advisers? What does this tell us about the competence of the ministers we have?



From the web

Sponsored Videos

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph