Molloy slams British Government's arrogance
Responding to the British Secretary of State's issuing of a consultation document on the priorities and budget for government from 2004-2007, Sinn Féin Cllr Francie Molloy stated:
"To issue a draft programme for government and to expect consultation on it to be completed just two days after the election is nothing less than a denial of democracy. What right do the British have to slip this blueprint for government through under the cover of an election campaign? What right do they have to set the agenda for the new Assembly before that Assembly has even been elected?
"It is the business of locally elected representatives to decide what their priorities will be for the next three years. It is not the business of the Secretary of State to decide those priorities for them.
"I call on the British government to withdraw immediately this consultation document until after the elections." ENDS