Burying bad news: the defeat of People’s Democracy

boaty mcboatfaceThe elections have proved a good day to bury bad news. Not the minor issue of a government U turn on the decision to make all English schools become academies but rather the scandalous decision to defy the democratically expressed will of the British people.

I refer of course to the scandal of the naming of the new Polar Research Ship. This is going to be named RRS (Royal Research Ship) Sir David Attenborough. Previous ships have been named after explorers such as Ernest Shackelton and James Clarke Ross.

The public poll announced to name the new ship resulted in a clear victory for RRS Boaty McBoatface which has now been dropped for RRS Sir David Attenborough. Apparently one of the new ships remote controlled submarines will be called Boaty but this is a poor substitute especially as the internet is now suggesting the much better name of Subby McSubface. The only hope is that there is now a petition to rename Sir David as Sir Boaty McBoatface.

This author has not written a biography and will not be writing one.

  • Kevin Breslin

    Thank You Turgon, and yes this is a disgrace.

  • Sliothar

    Perchance an attempt to bury the news of the utter and abject failure of Turgon’s party, the TUV, in the Assembly election….?
    I’d have chosen a much better class of trivia! 🙂

  • On the fence!

    A couple of further points.

    “Sir David Attenborough” was offered on the poll and came fourth!

    Was that name the one ultimately chosen in the hope that there’d be less fuss about the public choice being utterly ignored due to a sense of respect for the man. Particularly cynical if that’s the case.

    Never seen myself as a subversive person, quite the opposite in fact as I consciously make an effort generally to be a decent citizen, but this has gotten me quite incensed.

  • terence patrick hewett

    Any sailor who has been out in a force 10 knows that you never hold the sea in contempt: And Boaty is doing just that; just asking to be the next Titanic.

    Seamus Heaney did a grand job on Beowulf but I always regretted he never did a translation of The Seafarer which I think is a greater poem.


  • Ben De Hellenbacque

    I’ve always been firmly in favour of national treasures having their names forcibly changed by popular decree. Didn’t Blue Peter christen their studio pets similarly until the heartbreaking vote rigging scandal of 2007? Nevertheless, we still have ‘name that new royal baby’ polls which align with the ‘listen to your people, Ma’am’ aspect of British sentiment.
    Arlene might be sorely tested if we all wrote to her to complain. Maybe we should campaign for her name to change.

  • Ben De Hellenbacque

    Let’s rechristen the TUV’s only elected to Trivy but keep the surname unchanged.

  • Korhomme

    “The people have spoken…The Bastards!”

  • Anglo-Irish

    I believe that you’ve hit the nail firmly on the head with regard to the reason for choosing Sir David Attenborough as the name.

    Who’s going to raise a major objection to naming it after such a well liked and respected person?

    It’s his 90th birthday tomorrow as well so they can chuck that into the pot as a reason.

    Whoever it was that came up with the idea of inviting open suggestions instead of providing a number of names and asking for votes for a favourite wants their bumps felt.

    Anyone giving it five minutes serious thought could have anticipated this balls up, still, provided a bit of a laugh I suppose.

  • Tarlas

    I think this is an educational and commercial opportunity missed, by stuffiness in government . When I think of all the promotional material industry ie ,childrens books,educational cartoons (similar to Thomas The Tank) etc; That could have been built around Boaty Mc Boatfaces adventures .The revenues that could have funded the operation of the new Polar Research Ship, as well as assisting educational projects . What a loss! as well as an insult to the public.