Things could get so bad that…

The former Waterside Railway Station. 2001JM65
The former Waterside Railway Station. 2001JM65

Things could get so bad with pressure on our public finances that more Stormont ministers could be forced to follow Edwin Poots and Stephen Farry into making dramatic announcements on the Nolan Show. (Phew! Sorry about that long sentence.) You know how much Stephen Nolan hates his show being used for dramatic announcements!

Things could get so bad with the squeeze on cash for higher education that we’ll have to make do with just one education minister instead of two. We might have to copy real countries that have only one. Cutting back on education ministers might save enough to allow the development of Magee to go ahead.

Things could get so bad that other places and not just Derry have to face cutbacks in funding. For instance, when Edwin Poots talked about pressure on his health budget, commentators immediately focused on the possibility of the Derry area having lower standards of healthcare than other areas. Wasn’t that revealing?

Things could get so bad that other towns and not just Derry may not get funding for a railway station. Instead of getting Derry’s fine old Lanyon designed station brought back into use as a station we’re to get a “Forum” to discuss the issue. That’s despite the fact that the public have already expressed a clear preference. Now I’m being daft as there aren’t any major towns on the railway network that don’t already have a better station than our ‘up-turned egg box’ halt. And, a remarkable thing is that none of them needed a ‘Forum’ to discuss the issue for a while first.