DUP and Sinn Fein are bartering the future of the vulnerable in an unseemly and cynical political game.
Those are the words of UKIP Leader in Northern Ireland, David McNarry MLA who said:
“Proud people with special needs who are on benefits have been in touch with me. They won’t talk to the media but are content that UKIP will speak out for them.”
“People in touch with me are saying that it is deeply distasteful that they have been drawn into the welfare debate and are caught up in the deceit of Sinn Fein over funding. From a UKIP perspective, it is sickening to watch both the DUP and Sinn Fein abusing vulnerable people by putting them in the front line of the political paralysis here, while they cling to power in a most rapacious and undignified way.”
“Watching both parties enter into a new phase of negotiations, in what is a cynical, politically self-interested ‘bartering deal,’ stealing funds from departmental budgets and possibly even going for a quick asset sale looks, and is, only a reckless gamble. It raises the important question: how many times are the DUP willing to go through these repetitive bouts of political shadow boxing with Sinn Fein over welfare reform? People are crisis weary and increasingly intolerant of any more deals being done. It is clear to everyone that these two parties cannot actually deliver beyond the next financial year, let alone accommodate Sinn Fein’s ‘red line’ which has become a moving target. Most people suspect this moving target is really aimed at creating a continuous state of political paralysis and instability here while Sinn Fein cynically pursue power in the Irish Republic.”