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New Year wish is for Assembly that works

As a long-term optimist, I still think that our Assembly could work, despite many of my friends saying it should be wrapped up, because of incompetence, immaturity and possibly worse.

The various iterations of the Assembly have had nearly two decades to learn to govern sensibly and effectively.

My friends who work in the private sector ask why people are not sacked for such gross incompetence as we have recently seen.

This, of course, is not new. We have seen it in the past few years regarding other contracts.

The sanction which seems to be used against those held responsible is suspension on full pay, which goes on for months, or, indeed, nothing at all.

So, the taxpayer pays three times for this management abdication, the mistakes of that management and the rip-off resulting from this incompetence.

How about 2017 being the year when the Assembly introduces some robust political and managerial disciplines and achieves some tangible results, with clearly laid-out goals and timetables with accompanying responsibility for delivering those results?

Northern Ireland needs practical, non-sectarian delivery of projects for the common good of everyone.

TOM EKIN

Belfast

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