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Mark Devenport | 17:21 UK time, Thursday, 27 September 2007

Members of the Culture Committee were perplexed by a response they received from the Minister Edwin Poots. The DUP's Nelson McCausland found the letter confusing and thought it had obviously been written by a civil servant.

The committee chairman Sinn Fein's Barry McElduff cheerfully explained his theory that the government used to have standard letters signed by a civil servant who he suspected did not exist.

Quick as a flash, the Ulster Unionist David McNarry reminded the republican that the IRA had its own fictional letter writer.

That is, of course, unless the real Mr P. O'Neill cares to identify himself now.

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  • 1.
  • At 11:33 PM on 27 Sep 2007,
  • RJ wrote:

Nothing to do with the second case of nationalist politician trying to open his bake but farting instead this week, but why do the number of comments displayed below the blog rarely match the number of comments shown?

Is it something to do with my browser or is this website banjaxed?

  • 2.
  • At 08:11 PM on 28 Sep 2007,
  • Anonymous wrote:

And that wasn't a rhetorical question either.

  • 3.
  • At 11:44 AM on 29 Sep 2007,
  • RJ wrote:

And why did it call me Anonymous that time?

That seems to be Civil Service protocol to work with anonymity.

Remember the whole fiasco over the victims' commissioner appointment.

It was like reading a scene from Reservoir Dogs.

Looks like more of the same. Well paid officials hiding behind the stranglehold they have on their departments to say nothing.

Old fashioned out dated hierarchichal government, not the joined-up heterarchy that is often put before us as current practice.

  • 5.
  • At 02:25 PM on 30 Sep 2007,
  • Councillor David Barbour wrote:

Defensive writing is the art of the civil service

  • 6.
  • At 06:17 PM on 30 Sep 2007,
  • GUY FOX wrote:

Nom de plume? I am Guy Fox, the Amerikan cousin of the other Guy. It is my nom de guerre! And my pen can $hake-$pear and also $hak-esp-ear. Any questions?

  • 7.
  • At 02:46 PM on 01 Oct 2007,
  • RJ wrote:

I have a question Mr. Fox. Why does this blog say there are 6 comments and I can only see 3?

  • 8.
  • At 11:57 PM on 02 Oct 2007,
  • Anonymous wrote:

That's better.

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