The News Letter reports that Danny Kennedy has proposed a motion at the Assembly for local representatives to send their “best wishes” to England in the World Cup.
The business committee will decide whether the UUP deputy leader’s proposal is worth debate. If any common sense is applied, their deliberations won’t take long. It isn’t.
Whatever your view on the vexed question whether to support the English this summer, or not, this is exactly the type of amateur debating society nonsense which gets Stormont a bad name.
Kennedy says he will back England in the absence of another home nation in South Africa. Bully for him. I’m sure many people here will do likewise, and argue their case at lunch hour or in the pub.
The Northern Ireland Assembly, however, doesn’t have a UK wide remit and there is absolutely no need for it to send good wishes to any team at a World Cup, unless Northern Ireland qualify. No-one in England will know, nor will they care, if this motion is passed.
It says a lot about Stormont that any member can contemplate adding this type of pathetic, pointless, points scoring exercise to its business. This is a toothless Assembly without the tools to seriously hold the Executive to account.
Fewer pieces of Executive business make it to the chamber all the time and, although this motion is unlikely to make it unto the Assembly's schedule, the filler becomes progressively more trivial.
Instead members are reduced to debating whether to support England in the World Cup, or trotting out simplistic analogies between the Middle East and Northern Ireland.