Sinn Féin MLA Phil Flanagan said the DUP has again thrown the towel in on cuts to public services and jobs, which Westminister is trying to impose on the people of the North.
The Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA was responding to comments made by the North’s Finance Minister at an event run by the Chartered Accountants Ulster Society.
“The Finance Minister Simon Hamilton predicts further cuts in public spending and by all accounts has accepted them before they are even announced by Westminster,” said Phil Flanagan.
“It seems the Finance Minister has already thrown the towel in rather than stand up to Tory demands for cuts to public services and jobs.
“He is effectively acting as a cheerleader for Tory policies designed to preserve the privilege of the few at the expense of the poor and the vulnerable.
“This subservient roll-over attitude of the DUP when it comes to diktats from Westminster is pathetic and is a failure to represent people in the North.
“Simon Hamilton should instead be arguing for the transfer of more fiscal powers to the Assembly to shape economic policies suitable to the North rather than for London.”