While the poor people of Northern Ireland worry about their benefits and fret about visiting A&E , out there in the wicked world of slick people, Sharon O’Connor is moving from one highly paid public job, picking up £275 k of public money and then becoming “chair” of a new education body, also funded by you and me.
No doubt she will reflect that her golden handshake would employ ten teachers for a year, as she watches them being made redundant under her watch.
Such is Northern Ireland , where we pay the person in charge of emptying the bins and burying the dead, in each local council area, as much as the Prime Minister.
The masses are happy that this occurs as long as the orange and green are upheld.
As the Great Liberator said, after independence you will still be digging peat.
Enjoy the experience, peasants!
Much is being made of the idea that whilst no progress can be made on flags and marches, agreement has been reached “on the past”.
Of course, it is not the past. It is for thousands of people, their present and their future. I am lucky. I have no physical scars or injuries. Thousands have. Many of us bear the scars in other ways.
So how can it be the past?
The answer is that it is a useful phrase for the DUP and SinnFein/IRA to deploy. It implies that the matter is not as important as the present or the future. Jobs, health, education, etcetera.
It connotes “get over it”.
Nor will it deal with the prosecution of people such as Martin McGuinness who directed the murder of so many people.
I have no notion of what might be suggested as an agreement on this between these two “warring” but avaricious parties.
It will be another shameful capitulation by the DUP .
Whatever it is , it will not be in the interests of those who are broken and maimed.
Mark my words.