Stormont's Tartan Rashers 2
The Stormont bacon butties saga is a fast moving story. This morning diners were tucking into their rashers safe in the knowledge that they came from across the Irish Sea. This afternoon the BBC was about to interview the canteen chef about an award they have won for their catering operation. However we had to pull our crew at the last minute when we were told that any questions about pork were definitely off the menu.
Now the Chamber is still waiting for the Agriculture Minister Michelle Gildernew's latest advice on the sausage situation. However the Assembly has decided in the interim to withdraw its Scottish rashers. That's not due to the dioxin scare, but because the meat supplied by a wholesaler fell foul of the Stormont preference for local produce.
So no more Tartan rashers. The message to MLAs and Stormont staff is that if local pig products aren't available, then don't expect to get any Scottish sausages instead.