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Water claim not adding up

Published 26/09/2009

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.



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