N. Ireland Politics

Sammy Wilson in economics spat with former pupil Steven Agnew

Sammy Wilson
Image caption Sammy Wilson seems to have forgotten that he taught MLA Steven Agnew while at school.

The finance minister thought he would teach an MLA a lesson when he was asked what he thought was a stupid question about pension reform.

Sammy Wilson questioned Steven Agnew's "grasp of economics."

He added: "If the member went and did a wee bit of economics first before standing up in this house, he would not ask such stupid questions."

The thing is the Green party leader once did "a wee bit of economics" at Grosvenor High School.

His teacher was one Sammy Wilson.

Image caption Not quite the teacher's pet! Even though Steven Agnew got an A, Sammy Wilson thinks he could do with more lessons.

"He wasn't my main economics teacher," said the North Down MLA. "But I did a revision course with him and what's more, I got an A in my A levels."

The one-time economics teacher turned DUP finance minister says he has no recollection of Mr Agnew being in one of his classes.

"I did take a revision class but I don't recall Steven Agnew being in it," said Mr Wilson.

"You must remember I taught hundreds of pupils. If he did take economics he needs to come back and take another course because he's forgotten all he learned."