Surely tonight will be the night that the Telegraph finally gets round to Mr and Mrs Robinson...surely? The Belfast Telegraph (no relation) report that dear Peter and Iris get £572,000 in salaries and expenses a year. And look at this for keeping it in the family:
Mr Robinson employs daughter Rebekah as office manager and private secretary, while son Gareth is his parliamentary assistant. Mrs Robinson employs son Jonathan as office manager, and daughter-in-law Ellen Robinson as part-time secretary. Though paid for by the taxpayer none of these jobs are open to tender or public competition. Yes, there used to be perfectly legitimate reasons why a public representative here would employ a family relative — because otherwise they could end up dead.
But, we've had ‘peace' now for over a decade and it's time for a change. It's hard to think of any other sphere of life where public money can be spent with little or no accountability.