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Flag row distracts from real financial problems

Claire Simpson
Claire Simpson
There is no money. It's official. The whole of the north is completely broke. Finance minister, the DUP's Arlene Foster, has looked down the back of the sofa and found only a bit of fluff, a bent paper clip and a piece of Lego. There was some excitement when a work experience student found a few coins rattling around an old piggybank at Parliament Buildings. But on closer inspection these were a few Irish pennies left over from a shopping trip to Dublin in the 1990s. When times are hard, teenagers and immature administrations often turn to the bank of Mum and Dad: so why not ask London? Tho[...]
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