Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Belt up, Sammy

In a move which is not going to endear the DUP's Sammy Wilson to our Southern neighbours, particularly those in Meath, the East Antrim MP is moaning about the possibility of his beloved UK government doing away with free school transport if buses have to be fitted with seatbelts.

But they save kids' lives, Sammy! Or doesn't that matter?

If he doesn't trust the British government, why doesn't his party get off the pot and form a devolved government together with other people who probably do care about kids' lives. I've long said that the best people to govern Ulster are the people of Ulster, not a bunch of Westminster prancers who think civilisation ends at Watford.

But devolution calls for Big leaders. How long are we going to have to put up with small-minded, fearful, single-issue politicians? You see, Sammy Wilson and his party have been going on about how Ulster is Bradish, how √Čire is evil, how Catholics can't be trusted and how Protestants have been sold down the river - for so long that they're clueless on the real issues everybody cares about.

Worse than that, they've entirely lost the big picture: the good of the people of Ulster. If Sammy Wilson was capable of showing the leadership his people desperately need, he'd be fitting those seat belts pronto and working hard with his fellow-countrymen to make this a better, safer place to live. But he's not. He's a slave to 17th century politics and the DUP's narrow-minded, dependency culture.


At 1:46 a.m., Anonymous beano said...

Get real for a second. It's not that long since I was at school - and even if every child had a seatbelt (not sure what to do about the ones who have to stand) there's no way in hell they're going to wear it (for what it's worth that was a grammar school, I think my friends from the local secondary schools would agree that it was even less likely in their schools).

It's risking what's left of the subsidised transport here for little or nothing.

At 9:09 a.m., Blogger B.U. said...

Hmm, fair point. Even so, all you have to do is register unemployed, move into the countryside and Social Services will pay for a taxi (ask any taxi driver). BU.

At 1:17 p.m., Anonymous Parnell said...

John Good Post: Sammy the man whos bottom got, back to front, in the papers will be remembered for..for..never mind.
If Sammy wants to change things he could show a bit of cop on and engage with the rest of us.

Sooner or later the electorate will decide the future of our leaders in the next round of elections. I will be putting my 1,2 or 3 for politicians that really do serve the people. Not on the collection of independants posing as parties.


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