Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 17 April 2014

Water claim not adding up

The Ulster Unionist Party, via Fed Cobain, has recently said it will never support any form of water charging.

The UUP's Health Minister, Michael McGimpsey, has called for a ring-fencing of his departmental budget (which accounts for some 50% of all available expenditure).

The UUP has also voiced concern about 3% efficiency savings in Government. How will it pay for such a policy?

The UUP is trying to have its cake and eat it: making spending promises it can't keep and knows are unrealisable in a cynical attempt to attack those who have to make tough decisions and balance budgets.

One wonders what its Tory paymasters, who are committed to a mimumum 10% cut in the Northern Ireland block grant, make of such a duplicitous approach.

UNIONIST

Belfast

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