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Will the penny drop about DUP money-wasting?

It is a pity Tom Smith doesn't scrutinise the DUP with the same standards he sets for the UUP, as their failures in government are legion (Write Back, March 29).

Which of the DUP ministers has not presided over expensive disasters?

There is no money for the cancer unit at Altnagelvin, but there is £160m for Belfast stadia, £20m for the Irish language, £5m for Ulster Scots and £20m for the hunger strike museum.

The plan for a national stadium was scrapped by Gregory Campbell; the Bain report recommending the relocation of some public sector jobs outside Belfast was binned by Sammy Wilson; basketball and tennis centres were scrapped by Nelson McCausland.

Six years down the line, the John Lewis application is still outstanding in a week when its 800 employees would have received around nearly £2m in bonuses which would have boosted the local economy. The minister, Edwin Poots, had to stand aside from it because of previous involvement due to double-jobbing as a councillor.

The same minister has also given the go-ahead for the Tesco superstore at Banbridge.

Had Arlene Foster's department properly regulated the Presbyterian Mutual Society, a lot of savers would have been saved a great deal of heartache.

RONNIE CRAWFORD

Dromore, Co Down

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