WIN News had this little gem buried in one of its news stories on Tuesday, 5th August 2008.
These two charts indicate the total number of representations made by each MLA on behalf of the community / constituents during the current Assembly term (i.e. since the 2004 election). According to WIN news the figures for cabinet members (ministers) were not made available.
Whilst it can be argued that each member does undertake multiple roles in the Assembly (including such tasks as committee work), it becomes abundantly clear from these figures that some members of the current Assembly appear to be harder working and actually had a real interest in representing their constituents. Others appear to have been far more content to sit back and simply suck on the teat for the last four years.
Perhaps the upcoming October election is an opportunity for a “changing of the guard” and a real chance to flush those that are not prepared to work hard in representing their constituents from the Assembly.
Comments from MLAs, their staffers and party hacks in defence of these figures are particularly welcomed.