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Sound-bite economics, has not produced one penny for public services - Flanagan

20 January, 2015 - by Phil Flanagan

Sinn Féin Enterprise Spokesperson Phil Flanagan has accused the three smaller Executive Parties of engaging in sound-bite economics in their rejection of the budget.

Mr Flanagan said:

“Once again while failing to produce alternative proposals the UUP, SDLP and Alliance have voted against the Executive’s budget

“While pre-election rhetoric is fine, sound bite economics do not produce one extra penny to protect public services or stimulate the economy

“Comments over the weekend by the three smaller parties are nothing more than cynical sound-bite politics designed simply to put narrow party politics above the needs of the people.

“I believe the electorate is far too informed of the realities of who is serious about finding ways to challenge against the Tory cuts and protect services to be fooled by selfish party political posturing.

“If they were serious about their criticisms of the Budget, then what was required was a credible alternative, which they failed to produce.

“I haven’t heard one single alternative proposal dealing with the budget from any of their ministers.

“Sinn Féin set out our opposition to Tory Cuts, but more importantly, we identified and promoted our alternative to protect core public services.

“While other parties were demanding that we agree a budget based solely on Tory cuts Sinn Féin resisted and consistently advocated the need to identify ways to minimise the effects of the Tory imposed cuts.

“We have been successful in that task.

“As a direct result of Sinn Féin working together with those willing to engage, the Executive Budget now protects those core frontline services under control of the Executive.

“Not for the first time, the SDLP and UUP and voted against a budget that included additional funding for health and education. They have now been joined by Alliance. While not having identified one penny of alternative funding they continue to shout bad budget from the sidelines while at the same time pocketing the extra funds allocated to their departments.

“Failing to agree a budget intended to assist the disadvantaged and protect core services is not opposing Tory cuts, it is implementing Tory policy.”

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