Tuesday, 5 November 2013
A Peculiar People
The BBC has revealed that the Ulster-Scots Agency spent £400,000 without DFP approval in 2009-10, including £126,000 in rent and service charges for its landmark offices, which include an unused tourist information bureau and sweetheart accommodation for voluntary-sector Ulster-Scots organisations staffed by more than their fair share of British-Israelites. It also spent £176,000 on its "chauvinistic and naive" newspaper The Ulster-Scot.
Bizarrely, the BBC article states that "The accounts of the north-south language body are traditionally late so the most recent figures are for 2010."
Not the first time that people misbehaving in Northern Ireland have been able to appeal to tradition, and probably not the last, either.