Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has described British Prime Minister David Cameron as the “most unconvincing” leader he has dealt with.
Speaking after meeting with Mr Cameron in Downing Street to discuss Corporation tax, Mr McGuinness said; “I have in the course of the past 20 years dealt directly with three British Prime Ministers and three US Presidents. I have to say the performance by David Cameron in Downing Street was the most unconvincing performance I have witnessed throughout that time by any of them.”
“On the issue of corporation tax I have little confidence that Mr Cameron has any intention of transferring these powers even after the Scottish Referendum is out of the way.
“In Downing Street, as I had done last week with President Obama, I pressed him on the failure of the British government to honour the financial package which flowed from the St. Andrew’s Agreement. The £4bn shortfall in this package has had a direct impact on the construction industry here. I also once again raised the approach of his government to the issue of Welfare Reforms and the attack on the most vulnerable and ordinary hard working families here. Again I was unimpressed by Mr Cameron’s response,” he added.
Mr McGuinness also criticised the Prime Minister’s handling of the wider peace process.