Ian Parsley cuts to core of the matter when he suggests that McNarry was within his rights to complain that the money was not being used for its correct purpose. The further argument that the posts are “jobs for Northern Ireland people” is ludicrous, particularly when it is made by a so-called unionist.
At the blog Finbar on Tour McFaggen points out that while some staff will relocate from London, 120 brand new posts will be created in Belfast. This is a massive firm, bringing well-paid jobs to Northern Ireland, which will benefit the economy. “You’d think that everyone in NI would be happy about the announcement”, McFaggen argues.
Now the Northern Ireland Conservative have waded into the controversy. Their Chairman, Irwin Armstrong, launches a pointed attack,
“MLAs who do not understand the requirements of internationally mobile companies and how professional companies assist their employees to transfer between locations but nevertheless feel the need to criticise Invest NI and the work they do, should think very carefully before they jump into the media to expose their lack of knowledge. They should remember Solomon's words 'Better to remain silent and thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.'“It’s hardly the first time that McNarry’s political radar has gone awry. His first instinct seems to be to go on the offensive, without thinking about logic or consequences. The UUP would be incomparably better off without him.