Cartoon – ‘Marlene’

Martin and Arlene - Marlene

It has a satisfying and even harmonious ring, and the people have really taken to it. The portmanteau and new byword for the Executive Office – ‘Marlene’. While Jim Allister bequeathed it to a popular audience on BBC The View on May 19, it’s recognised that Paul Gallagher first coined the sobriquet back in January 2016.

The First office has been abandoned by the small parties, and now they face an outbreak of belittling name-calling. Alliance won’t come to heel and the parties of Eastwood and Nesbitt have turned on their heels, and so above is my cartoon, ‘Marlene and Wee’.


 

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  • Korhomme

    This Lili Marlene?

    Underneath the lantern by the barrack gate
    Darling I remember the way you used to wait
    Twas there that you whispered tenderly
    That you loved me
    You’d always be
    My Lili of the lamplight
    My own Lili Marlene

  • Brian O’Neill

    I bet this really really winds them up.

  • chrisjones2

    Good …lets use it as much as possible

  • Declan Doyle

    Ha ! brilliant. This will put a character to the office the public can relate to and have a giggle over.

  • babyface finlayson

    Dietrich surely?
    “See what the boys in the backroom will have”

  • Declan Doyle

    I don’t agree, they probably have a good laff about it.

  • Korhomme

    Lale Andersen. And it’s much older than is usually thought:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lili_Marleen

  • SeaanUiNeill

    Declan, that’s not how the ego inflation effect of “absolute power” works on its victims!

    As a caricaturist myself, who has even had an arm twisted to near breaking point by one of those I’d pinned down on paper with my little pen, I can tell you from experience….

  • LordSummerisle

    Where have all the flowers gone ?

  • chrisjones2

    With profuse apologies to Peter Sarstedt

    WHERE DO YOU GO TO MY LOVELY

    You talk like Marlene together
    As you dance just spinning around
    Your clothes are all bought from Logans
    Or Magee in Donegal Town

    You live in a fancy apartment
    On the Hill of Storo..mont
    Where you keep your Country records
    And a friend of Liz from London, yes you do.

    You go to the embassy parties
    Where you talk in Stormont Slang
    And the young men who move in your circles
    On every word they hang, yes they do.

    But where do you go to my lovelies
    When you’re alone in your beds
    Tell me the thoughts that surround you
    I want to look inside your heads, yes I do.

  • Ben De Hellenbacque

    Ver haff all ze lillies gone? At last we might see some withering on the vine.

  • chrisjones2

    Yes

  • Korhomme

    I remember the mean streets of norn iron
    Two children begging in rags
    Both touched with a burning ambition
    To shake off their lowly-borne tags, they try

    So look into my face Marlene
    And remember just who you are
    Then go and forget me forever
    ‘Cause I know you still bear
    The scar, deep inside, yes you do

  • Korhomme

    Alternatively, and with apologies to Sir Tim:

    It won’t be easy
    You’ll think it strange
    When I try to explain how I feel
    That I still need your love
    After all that I’ve done

    You won’t believe me
    All you will see
    Is a Marlene you once knew
    Although s/he’s dressd up to the nines
    At sixes and sevens with you

    I had to let it happen
    I had to change
    Couldn’t stay all my life down at heel
    Looking out of the window
    Staying out of the sun
    So I chose freedom
    Running around trying everything new
    But nothing impressed me at all
    I never expected it too

    Don’t cry for me Norn Iron
    The truth is I never left you
    All through my wild days
    My mad existence
    I kept my promise
    Don’t keep your distance

    And as for fortune and as for fame
    I never invited them in
    Though it seemed to the world
    They were all I desired
    They are illusions
    They’re not the solutions
    They promise to be
    The answer was here all the time
    I love you and hope you love me

    Don’t cry for me Norn Iron

    Don’t cry for me Norn Iron
    The truth is I never left you
    All through my wild days
    My mad existence
    I kept my promise
    Don’t keep your distance

    Have I said to much?
    There’s nothing more I can think of to say to you
    But all you have to do
    Is look at me to know
    That every word is true

  • chrisjones2

    Surely more:

    Underneath the lantern by St Andrew’s gate
    Darling I remember the way you used to hate
    But there then you whispered tenderly
    That you loved me
    You’d always be
    My Lili of the lamplight
    My own Lili Marlene

    Time would come for roll call
    For all to play their part
    Darling I’d caress you and press you to my heart
    And there ‘neath that far off Speaker’s light
    I’d hold you tight
    We’d kiss each night
    My Lili of the lamplight
    My own Lili Marlene

  • chrisjones2

    One important question

    Is Marlene Male or female or transgendered?

    One wouldn’t want to cause offence in speaking of he / her/ it

  • Kevin Breslin

    Well I suppose David Ford is no longer a “lapdog” either these days.

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