"Today the Education Minister has trampled over any remaining semblance of collective responsibility in the Executive. She has also arbitrarily rejected the frequently expressed view of the Northern Ireland Assembly. Now parents, children and teachers across Northern Ireland face the disaster of a chaotic, unregulated transfer system.
"Minister Ruane has failed to bring any meaningful proposals before the Executive. She has refused time and again to respect the conventions of collective responsibility. As Ministers in the Executive we had no prior knowledge of the content of her statement, bar an emailed memorandum sent to Ministers today at 11am. In view of the chaos that now faces our schools we are left with no other choice put to publicly reject the Education Minister's statement. There is now a responsibility on the First Minister to urgently address the Education Minister's shameful expression of contempt for the Executive and the Assembly."
I've made no secret of my thoughts on the whole Stormont charade; however, I do also acknowledge that there are honourable people there trying their best as they see it for all the people of Northern Ireland. Ruane isn't one of that honourable group and her contempt for not just her fellow ministers, but also the whole democratic process surely now...finally...at last...should mean that even the SF apparachniks must see the need to send her packing- back off to her mates in the FARC Orinthology Club preferably.