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Welfare reform turning into a sham crisis

Newton Emerson
Newton Emerson
Sinn Fein has backed the phantom budget in the assembly - not a great surprise after backing it in committee last week, but still a further indication that the welfare crisis is, if not a sham fight, at least a sham crisis. Brandishing his wooden sword at secretary of state Theresa Villiers, Martin McGuinness let it be known he had quoted the latest child poverty statistics at her during all-party negotiations, before saying “stick that in your pipe and smoke it”. As those figures delighted the Tories by not rising as predicted, this was a particularly hammy lunge. Meanwhile, back in reality, [...]
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