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Ridiculous statement from SDLP party leader - Alex Maskey

5 January, 2012 - by Alex Maskey

Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey said SDLP leader Alasdair McDonnell is completely out of touch with the public after he said MLAs should get an increase in their wages.

Alex Maskey said:

“It is ridiculous for the leader of a political party to say in the current economic climate to advocate an increase in MLA salaries.It shows that he hasn’t a clue how the ordinary working or unemployed person is suffering today.

“MLAs already receive a good wage while Alasdair himself is also on an MP’s wage, is a practising GP and has other business interests. That his own party members have come out against his comments shows how completely out of touch he is with public opinion.

“The SDLP leadership is showing poor vision, a complete ignorance of current economic reality and are putting party members’ personal interests before that of the people.”

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