Brown pledges £50bn peace cash

#1
Chancellor Gordon Brown has pledged a funding package of £50bn for Northern Ireland over the next 10 years.
Mr Brown said the government would agree the funding, which would include £35bn over the next four years, if power is devolved at Stormont.
He made the comments after meeting the political parties at Downing Street, in what was described as a "first pitch" for a so-called peace dividend.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/6104348.stm

Mr Brown said the funding would be worth £50,000 per household in Northern Ireland.
and the gravy train rolls on.................................
 
#3
According to Gordon Brown on tonights news that roughly £50,000 per household.

The whole thing is a thinly veiled, giant sized carrot for Sinn Fein to recognise the PSNI and for them and the DUP to settle their differences prior to the 24th November deadline for restoring devolution.

Lets wait and see what the various NI parties want to spend it on.....
 
#4
Oh wonderful.
The looney Chancellor blows another chunk of my tax money on crap.
That'll be £1bn on worthwhile projects and £49bn in backhanders and feasability studies.
He could have left a £1000 in my pocket instead of spending it on bollox thats no use to man nor beast
 
#5
Remarkable. A government that claims it doesn't deal with terrorists pays £50bn protection money to Sinn Fein/IRA. Just fancy that!
 
#7
Fifty billion? Aside from the staggering brazenness of trying to simply buy off both sides to do what they want, just seems like too much to me. Slice it down the middle and give twenty-five billion of it to the military so they can buy something worthwhile and that's still five grand a house in bribe money for Northern Ireland. Whether the MoD would actually buy anything worthwhile is another debate.
 
#9
be great if our government could stop wasting money... and start funding the NHS and the forces reasonably
 
#11
... and dont forget that over the thirty years + of the troubles, government has spent less on the province of Northern Ireland than on any other district/region of the United Kingdom!

Investment is needed to bring it into line with the rest of the UK

and the £50 bn is not a lump sum, it is spread over a elongated period of time.

there is a need for investment into roads, housing, schools etc to the good and benefit of the law abiding citizens of NI. the minute minority of scum who cause trouble will beneift - but so too will the vast majority of ordinary folk!!

take the blinkers off!!
 
#15
Bedpan2zero said:
... and dont forget that over the thirty years + of the troubles, government has spent less on the province of Northern Ireland than on any other district/region of the United Kingdom!

Investment is needed to bring it into line with the rest of the UK

and the £50 bn is not a lump sum, it is spread over a elongated period of time.

there is a need for investment into roads, housing, schools etc to the good and benefit of the law abiding citizens of NI. the minute minority of scum who cause trouble will beneift - but so too will the vast majority of ordinary folk!!

take the blinkers off!!
That isn't my understanding of the situation in NI; I know four families who have specifically decided to settle in NI because the schools and hospitals are considerably better than the mainland.

On the schools' side, isn't Martin McGuinness trying to dismantle the grammar school education system which is the envy of the rest of the UK (Guardianistas excepted)?

As Virobono wrote, this is a bung to terrorism. I might just retire to NI as well....

Litotes
 
#17
Litotes said:
I know four families who have specifically decided to settle in NI because the schools and hospitals are considerably better than the mainland.
If your A&E is more pressed that the Ulsters then God Help you....
Also the Library boards havent balanced their books so commisioners have been installed to swing the axe on a few items.

As to the investment thing...OK the money was spent but fortified Police stations and a high degree of jetski/quadbike ownership amongst the former members of the RUC are not a sound basis for future prosperity.
 
#18
CutLunchCommando said:
Not just him though. See Here.

Howvere for all the power of the Celtic Tiger they either don't have the cash or the interest to match £50bn.
Well there is only so much revenue you can generate from 3 miliion or so taxpayers, even if most of them are wealthier than average.
 

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