RDE bites back.

Ruth Dudley Edwards rather neatly put a certain poster in his place in yesterday

  • maca

    Can someone post the article? Please?

  • Davros

    I’ll e-mail you it Maca- gave me a chuckle yesterday 🙂 I would post it but as RDE may be reading this I wouldn’t want to get my legs slapped!

  • maca

    Thanks Davros! You’re a topper 😉

  • Mick Fealty

    Ruth’s been kind enough to send us the original:

    “‘DON’T abuse Ruth here, she gets upset, she writes about it, she’ll make you a star in next week’s Sindo.” So the other week advised a poster to the award-winning sluggerotooler.com, a blog (contraction of web log, you computer illiterates) devoted to discussing matters Northern Irish”.

    “Before I get on to the abuse, a word about blogging”.

    “Last month, Dan Rather, CBS News anchorman and long-time US national institution, broke a well-documented story about transgressions of George W Bush during his time in the National Guard. Bloggers with technical and historical information got to work, and, passing information from site to site, proved in no time at all that the documents were forged. Blogs matter”.

    “Last week, in response to my article in the Sunday Independent on the similarities between the DUP and Sinn Fein, I was described as ‘Ruth Fudly’ (surely ‘Fuddly’?), a purveyor “of shoddy propaganda” with “a capacity for hysterical anti-provoism”, “a spoiled girl” (girl?), and a manufacturer of “cynically manufactured and trite” columns. So no change there”.

    “The only missile that stung was a reference to “one of Ruth’s famed dinner parties” – which relates to the fatal error I made at the West Belfast Festival. So focused was I on fighting Provo propaganda that I had forgotten the class war that Sinn Fein diligently foments in its ghettoes and let the obnoxious DP term pass my lips. That I was speaking of places where the chattering classes chat rather than my own way of life was ignored: I became a class enemy”.

    “Still thanks for reminding me of an important difference between the two parties now expected to strike a deal”.

    “Despite the holiday homes and fancy cars of SF leaders, few of them have ever had a proper job and they claim to be proles. DUP frontmen include a minister, barristers, an ex-civil servant and two ex-estate agents and are proud to be bourgeois. What challenging discussions they could have over dinner”.

    Ruth Dudley Edwards

  • Davros

    Ah Mick, what it’s like to have contacts 😉

  • maca

    sluggerotooler.com, a rival site?

  • Keith M

    There really should be a national award for self-publicity!

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    Well done RDE don’t let bastards get you down. You are entitled to dinner parties if you so wish, let the plebs rustle about with their BBQs.

    Nice compilation on the DUP too, “DUP frontmen include a minister, barristers, an ex-civil servant and two ex-estate agents and are proud to be bourgeois. What challenging discussions they could have over dinner”.
    No ex policemen, or soldiers or prison officers or any of the other types who the DUP laud as being in the front line against terrorism. Perhaps there was a collective decision taken at HQ to leave the front line to the back streeters. People who wouldn’t know a dinner party eh RDE.
    There may be challenging discussions but little or none about taking on the IRA in the front line.

    Sssssh don’t mention UR.

  • Davros

    “No ex policemen, or soldiers or prison officers or any of the other types who the DUP laud as being in the front line against terrorism.”

    There’s that airbrush again LOL

  • Belfast Gonzo

    At least Ruth didn’t use the story about Sinn Fein and Coca Cola, wot like two other weekend newspapers did…

    *sigh*

    Ah well, I’m sure they discovered it completely independently!

  • smcgiff

    Ruth’s a HE? Now I know why he(?) has issues!

    Foment – At least I’ve learned a new grandiloquent word for my next dinner party! :o)

  • Dag

    Don’t understand any of the above messages in this box. If Sindo is the irish Independent, I must say my father stopped buying it in 1978 (or so) . He said it was going to the dogs. Why did they cease publishing the irish Press (a very good newspaper)? I don’t live in Ireland so I don’t follow all the developments. Ruth Dudley Edwards – is she related to the the co-author of a book on the Famine by Dublin academics? Poor old Devalera in his dreamland asked them (Prof Willams and *) to please write a book on the famine as it had never been done. They took him to the cleaners, apparently spent the time in London and the finished goods was dead in the water (the famine did not happen). (PS I am being deliberately provocative-mean no offence and am awaiting correction.