So here's the good news...

Published Thursday, 16 February 2012
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And the bad as well... Stormont Castle was all singing and dancing on Tuesday morning with four Ministers throwing around the money on roads and hospitals like there was no tomorrow, or so it seemed.

The reasons were clear... the construction industry is on its knees and begging for help. There was also a perception the Executive was doing very little.

There was nothing particularly new in the announcement although the time-scale had been brought forward.

But it was a well presented package offering some hope in a bleak economic situation.

Peter Robinson pointed out this was the way forward provided the London Government did not reduce the cash already promised.

Martin McGuinness said this was an Executive which was fighting back.

Improving the infrastructure makes sense in planning for the future although the A5 development will not please everybody.

Still it seemed like a good day's work.

Then, below the radar, another release on the Executive performance over the past three years.

It said targets had been met in two out of three areas.

But there were significant failures in health and tourism, to a degree.

Actually it was quite positive.

But because it was released on a ''good news day'' suspicions were raised.

In fact, it could well have been spun as a relatively good news story.

But then in politics timing is everything.

On this occasion it wasn't great.

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Ken Reid
Ken Reid

Ken Reid is Political Editor at UTV. His career as a journalist began at The News Letter in 1977, where he remained for seven years. This was followed by stints as the sports editor, and later editor, of the Sunday News, and reporting for the Cork Examiner.

Ken joined UTV in 1994. He says one of his most memorable moments was breaking the Ian Paisley retirement story in 2008.

He's a big fan of rugby (Ballymena to be precise), cricket and football (Everton FC) and loves music, especially blues.

His favourite motto is Everton FC's: "Nil satis nisi optimum"... Only the best is good enough.

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