Robinson on Hearts and Minds

Don’t forget Hearts and Minds tonight! The DUP Deputy Leader, Peter Robinson is in the hot seat. Political Editor Mark Devenport has the latest news from the campaigns “and we also hear from the challengers from the Workers’ Party; the Conservatives and the Vote for Yourself Rainbow Dream Ticket. Paddy Lynn, Julian Robertson and Lynda Gilby get the chance to state their case to the voters”.

  • beano @ Everything Ulster

    “Isn’t that a bit risky letting him out alone! Any bets on a sudden but brief illness which will mean Robinson (Peter) or Dodds will have to do the interview???”

    Posted by: Dessertspoon at April 8, 2005 03:23 PM

  • beano @ Everything Ulster

    Should point out, for the benefit of anyone who wasn’t involved in that conversation, that the above was in reference to the invitation to big Ian to appear himself on H+M this week.

  • Henry94

    A scoop for the Dessertspoon.

  • beano @ Everything Ulster

    lol that’s low henry

  • Davros

    I don’t warm to the man, but Robinson was in full control, Noel was unable to get near him.

  • Paul P

    Have to agree with Davros.

    Can’t quite see why Noel Thompson kept repeating the “no power sharing for a generation thing”..that hardly was going to be difficult for Robinson to deal with.

  • Davros

    That aside Paul – did you reckon that Peter R was even more like his “Folks on the Hill” representation than usual ? I half expected Bairbre to come out and talk to him LOL

  • Paul P

    I cannot remember when Robinson really came off bad from an interview..he always puts in a “decent” performance…

  • Will

    I thought it was a very good performance – in full control and Thompson didnt manage to land any blows.

    He was actually ‘calmer’ than usual (if that is the right description). There’s an increased confidence and less need to interrupt etc – a good thing.

    Made very good points – Thompson’s question on devolution of policing & justice allowed him to nail completely the UUP rubbish in today’s papers.

    If that’s the worst interview the DUP have over the campaign then i’d imagine they’d be delighted.

  • Tiny

    I have yet to watch H&M, however you have to feel sorry for Peter, deputy to a man who is unable to face an interview with Noel, in fact is their another party whose leader dosn’t feel able to face such an ordeal?

  • Keith M

    A near flawless performance from Robinson. The DUP are playing this very well. Those who admire Paisley have always voted DUP. Robinson is far better at convincing the floating unionists that they are better off with the DUP representing them. Tonight’s questions played right into Robinson’s hand.

    Otherwise tonight, the repeated photo joke was tedious and unfunny, unlike the periferal parties. I’m not sure whether “Vote For Yourself” or The Workers Party were more amusing.

  • Davros

    Tiny – apart from the claim that Papa Doc has an engagement elsewhere, the long standing antipathy between Paisley and Noel Thompson would have meant the interview would have had very little to do with the election.It would have been entertaining, but of little value.

  • Gum

    I agree, Robinson was excellent, but its not very difficult for someone like him to dance round Noel – Thompson is BBC NI’s answer to Kent Brockman!

  • harry

    Almost as good a performance as the ulster hall rally 1985 with purple beret,loyalist paramilitaries and raging sectarian hatred.

  • Levitas

    Good to see all the usual “impartial” posters nailing their colours to the mast and cheering on their leadership-and they call the shinners slavish followers of their leadership-well at least they don’t purport to be impartial the rest of the time! I’m beginning to think Kitty is dead on about “Davros”.

  • Davros

    Levitas – if you look back I wrote much the same sort of thing about an Interview Martin McGuinness gave in 2004 – the one he did on a Sunday Morning in a Pullover.

  • Gum

    Levitas – I’m not ‘cheering on any leadership’ – Gerry Adams always runs rings around Thompson too. My comment was on the difficulty of the interview – not exactly ‘Hard Talk’

  • Alan2

    “The Doc” is getting old and has many jobs not least of which is his Church which he has already stated he intends to spend more time in. It`s called delegation and Peter Robinson is a very astute and articulate Deputy who is more than capable of taking the reigns.

  • harry

    Interesting comment on tonight’s program about the dup & uup pact

    McGimpsey claimed they failed to agree because the dup are sectarian.

    Never!Never!

  • jimmyquickswipe

    Typical, quality performance by Peter, how can anyone with reason argue with the man.

  • beano @ Everything Ulster

    You’ll all doubtless be aware that I’m no big fan of the DUP at the moment, but I have to say Peter came across none too badly. One or two where he seemed a bit arrogant (including one statement which made me think that which he followed 2 sentences later with “I’m not arrogant” – not much). Definitely a good idea sending PR rather than IP though, agree with what Keith said above Paisley would have been a PR disaster, turning off the more rational unionists and doing nothing to bolster his own fanbase who would vote for him come hell or high water.

    I’m with paul on the repeated “no power sharing for a generation” which was bloody ridiculous. I was interested in the answer to that question too, but Peter gave it the first or second time it was asked, there was no need to keep asking it!!

    Definitely came off better than Trimble, who IMHO didn’t do too badly last week considering the press the UU’s have been getting lately.

    And Levitas there are people in this thread nailing their colours to the mast but methinks you’re looking in the wrong direction.

    Night all.

  • Dessertspoon

    WooHoo!!! Ok so it wasn’t an illness but still I will claim the scoop regardless. Yea for me!!

  • Dessertspoon

    Alan2 – “The Doc” is getting old and has many jobs not least of which is his Church which he has already stated he intends to spend more time in.”

    Here’s a time saving idea for Dr P – retire.

  • Kent Brockman

    Hello, I’m Kent Brockman Emmy Award winning Reporter and this Eye on Ireland. Here’s My Two Cents on your little political problem over here in Ireland.

    Ladies and gentlemen, I’ve been to Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and I can say without hyperbole that this is a million times worse than all of them put together.

    Electoral predictions – Sideshow Paisley, one hundred percent; and for Diamond Dave Trimble, one percent. And we remind you there is a one percent margin of error.

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: democracy just doesn’t work.

  • lorre

    “Sideshow Paisley, one hundred percent; and for Diamond Dave Trimble, one percent. “

    Sideshow Paisley’ & Diamond Dave Trimble might as well play a board game of ‘Monopoly ‘ or ‘Banana Republic’. Because whoever wins their winnings will be usless. So long as Norn Iron is under direct rule, Paisley & Trimble have less power than Belfast Sammy has as a City councillor. He at least has some some say over burying the dead and empying the bins in EAST BELFAST.

  • Rebecca Black

    “democracy just doesn’t work”

    then you would like Bertie Aherne’s approach to referendums..if he doesn’t get the answer he wants, he holds another one!!

    So then what do you suggest does work?

  • Kent Brockman

    Dictatorships work ask the DUP.

  • Keith M

    Beano : “Keith said above Paisley would have been a PR disaster, turning off the more rational unionists and doing nothing to bolster his own fanbase who would vote for him come hell or high water.”

    I said no such thing. What I said was that Paisley had his own support base that would always vote DUP. Robinson can appeal to a much broader section of the electorate, the one who voted UUP in the past, or haven’t voted in recent year. At this stage there is only one party for “rational unionists”.

  • beano @ Everything Ulster

    “then you would like Bertie Aherne’s approach to referendums..if he doesn’t get the answer he wants, he holds another one!!”

    Is that better or worse than the Sinn Fein position where they send out weighted questions to every household, still don’t get the answer they were looking for, and ignore it anyway?

  • Concerned Loyalist

    I thought Peter Robinson was very articulate, open and straightforward last night. He was being realistic when he said that it could take a generation for devolution to be restored as it could take the IRA a generation to come to terms with the fact that they have to disband in order for this to happen.

    I must say that I was very disappointed with the Conservative candidate though. How he even got 900 votes or thereabouts last time mystifies me! If I lived on the mainland I’d vote for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), their biggest vote-stealer.

    The Workers Party are just irrelevant nowadays as far as I’m concerned, with their old-fashioned ideals of socialism, and their representative last night did nothing to change my perspective.

    I was very amused with Lynda Gilby and her policies, which would certainly be popular with the vast majority of people-she writes a column for the Sunday Life doesn’t she?
    The problem lies in that first line though. I may be amused by her, but I’m amused also by the Lib Dem Leader Charles Kennedy, and I wouldn’t vote for him!
    In all honesty I think she was a waste of valuable air-time in the run up to the elections, when well-researched and thought out political ideals should be expressed, and not Alice in Wonderland, fairytale “policies” that are nothing more than hot-air!

  • DCB

    Lorre – and praise the lord for that

  • Alan McDonald

    Lorre,

    You have raised a topic that concerns me as an American. Why do you keep having elections over there when the elected officals never go to work, either because there is no parliament to go to work in or because they wouldn’t go even if there was?

    I am convinced it’s just an endless parade of beauty contests.

  • Justice

    In the interests of accuracy – they do, there is and they would.