Champion of the consumer must work without fear
The decision by Minister Arlene Foster to spare the Consumer Council is a wise one and this newspaper is proud to have campaigned for its retention. However we suspect that the Council was its own best advocate and certainly a review of its work found it had performed well.
Having been saved from the axe this time the Council must not be cowed by fears of future action against it and must continue to be an unflinching champion of the consumer. It makes sense for it to work closely with other consumer orientated bodies and that should be the first duty of its new chief executive, who should be appointed as soon as possible.