The folk who insist on pronouncing the silent London have to make do with Gregory Fucking Campbell, though, so I think they deserve any sympathy going.
Tubby Isaacs wrote: ↑Sun Nov 07, 2021 6:26 pm The Story Funeral looked appalling. "You lot can fuck off with your old Mum's funeral, this guy is more important than her, he shot people".Not easy to explain well, especially as the worst of it occurred over the last 6-18 months, but basically there was a local clique within Sinn Fein in the area, based around former MLA & MEP Martina Anderson (one of the few modern day links in SF that has a link back to the days of being a "volunteer" during The Troubles), that was taking the piss in terms of nepotism and backhanders concerning local social groups, publicly funded jobs etc. It was a large part of the reason why Elisha McCallion (a niece of Anderson), whom narrowly won the Foyle Westminster seat for SF in 2017 from the SDLP ended up being utterly routed by them in 2019. The fallout from it all seen the main Belfast wing of Sinn Fein having to stage an intervention in Derry, "encouraging" the two MLAs in the seat to step down and be replaced a few months ago - despite Anderson previously saying that she wouldn't budge (and she would have thought because of her background that she'd be "untouchable"). So Sinn Fein are somewhat in the process of rebuilding up in Derry city - keeping two MLA seats in Foyle after the Stormont elections next year would be a good start, there's a chance they could lose one.
What was behind their collapse in Derry, out of interest?
MLAs at Stormont have backed a proposal to extend some welfare mitigations in Northern Ireland indefinitely.https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-60307531
They overturned a previous executive decision which saw the measures in place only for three more years.
The legislation being taken through the assembly ensures people who would have been affected by the bedroom tax get top-up payments.
The parties also agreed to support a review of the measures being carried out by March 2025.
Sinn Fein's Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey is taking the bill through the assembly and has long called for the mitigations to be in place indefinitely.
Last year, its power-sharing partner in the executive had disagreed, with the DUP arguing that any extension needed to be "fiscally appropriate" and should be initially capped at three years.
But on Tuesday, DUP deputy leader and communities committee chair, Paula Bradley, said she understood that a "cliff edge" needed to be avoided.
She said the issue was "far too important" to cause a divided vote between parties.
Ms Hargey said she had always given a commitment to ensure a review of the mitigations and welcomed the decision by assembly members to scrap the end date.
The bill is being fast-tracked through the assembly to become law before the assembly is dissolved for the election in May.
It will put an obligation on the Department for Communities to extend the mitigations permanently.
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