No show for McGimpsey

Michael McGimpsey found himself at the centre of intense press speculation when he didn’t show for yesterday’s edition of Seven Days. The programme was focused on the South Belfast election race and featured all the main runners, bar him. At the last minute, Lagan Valley hopeful Basil McCrea stepped into his shoes. Mr McGimpsey said he had made alternative arrangments. However, this no show will raise more questions about the party’s appetite for a scrap with the DUP.

  • carlosblancos

    Wierd that he didn’t turn up but its not a repeat of Cedric Wilson’s fiasco on UTV in 2001. I’d say Seven Days has few listeners, the debate was rubbish anyway and the presenter couldn’t handle the high number (5) of speakers. Plus it confirms once again why I’d never vote Alliance..their candidate has nothing to say.

  • Roger

    It was a shrewd move by the UUP as Mcgimsey would have attacked fellow unionists and said negative things he is now in third place in the race for south Belfast and rightly do

  • Jacko

    It was a terrible debate. Spratt and McCrea were terrible – obvious novices to the political game. With Mccrea the worse of the two.
    Alister McDonald was very aggressive (Michael McDowell-like) and scored all over the place, and wee Alex seemed for a long time as though he would rather not be there, though he did hit Spratt with the line “cool down, you’re not in the barracks now” which was funny.
    Alliance was cliched nonsense.

  • beano @ Everything Ulster

    McGimpsey would have attacked fellow Unionists? Have you read the DUP manifesto? They spend more time attacking Trimble and the UUs than detailing their policies.

    Niether party can claim to be innocent of attacking fellow unionists.

  • fair_deal

    Odd is the only word I can’t think of. He is telling the electorate he is the better candidate and it would have been his perfect opportunity to demonstrate it in the debate.

  • carlos blancos

    And Alex also made a comment something along the lines of ‘you can’t go throwing allegations around like you’re in Castlereagh’. Only amusing part of entire debate.

  • Stalford

    “He might want to spend his Sunday sitting with Alex Maskey but, frankly, I had other things to do.”

    What like sitting with Mitchel McClaughlin in a TV studio like he did the other week? Taking part in a debate does not equate to “sitting with” Does McGimpsey not realise how petty he sounds?

  • Oilbhéar Chromaill

    Plus it confirms once again why I’d never vote Alliance..their candidate has nothing to say.

    How could you say something so nasty and so untrue about a party which is putting forward a candidate who had this to say about what his party offered the electorate.

    “For too long we’ve stood back and allowed other parties to destroy Northern Ireland’s Political Process. Now it’s our turn.”

    Alan Castle, Upper Bann Alliance Westminster candidate.

    With more of the same he could give George W. a run for his money….

  • Davros

    That’s a magnificent quote O C.

  • IJP

    Could you provide a link for that quote, OC?

    It’s a very good point, when you think about it, but I don’t remember him saying it. Maybe it’s on his literature?

  • Jacko

    He came out with it while being interviewed as one of the also-rans in a constituency piece on TV last week.

  • Oilbhéar Chromaill

    I heard it on UTV Live on Friday. I’m sure he had more to say and perhaps he was quoted out of context.
    But it’s still a classic.

  • Billy Pilgrim

    Krisstofer Stallphord

    “What like sitting with Mitchel McClaughlin in a TV studio like he did the other week?”

    Jesus Christ, you’d think a political junkie like yourself would know how to spell Mitchel McLoughlin’s name.

    Or perhaps this is a new DUP strategy – the next stage in the campaign which started with calling Bairbre De Brun `Barbara Brown’. You could pointedly misspell and mispronounce the names of ALL the top Shinners.

    We can expect to see documents referring to Jerry Addams and Martin Magennis of Shin Fayne.

  • iluvni

    ‘Jesus Christ, you’d think a political junkie like yourself would know how to spell Mitchel McLoughlin’s name.’

    oh dear me! someone get Billy’s coat for him ….

  • yankinulster

    I heard it on UTV Live on Friday. I’m sure he had more to say and perhaps he was quoted out of context. But it’s still a classic.

    Forget the context, it’s still funny!

  • Billy Pilgrim

    ….slopes off, deeply embarrassed.

  • PatMcLarnon

    Has the Cecil Walker fiasco written all over it, seems that rather than face the heat Michael did indeed stay out of the kitchen. Mark Sth Belfasdt in the DUP column.

  • Stalford

    Billy

    Sorry it was a typo I put my finger on the caps lock at the “c” and took it off for the “l” – no sinister mispronunciation plot!

    At least that’s what I’ll tell the Garda Shickon-a, The Tea-shop or the Tawnishta if they ask!

    🙂

  • spirit-level

    Or David Tremble
    Poor fella

  • Keith M

    Just to repeat, Eastwoods are offering 5/2 on the DUP winning 10 seats or more…you know it makes sense!

  • Hansolo

    So we can all sleep sound and look forward to ‘total victory’ or was it final solution…
    I hope we get it by Christmas.
    I fancy going abroad for Xmas…West Belfast sounds nice.

  • IJP

    Well it’s a brilliant line from Mr Castle – both true and funny at once!

  • Keith M

    The APNI never cease to amuse me. I scoured their site for the list of candidates and couldn’t find it. Then I put the unfortunate Mr.Castle’s name into Google and low and behold I got the list. BAD site design.

    However the list revealed an even funnier moment; one of their candidates in North Down; one Ian Parsley! If as I suspect the UUP ends up joining with Alliance in future Mr. Parsley will be standing beside Basil McCrea obviously trying to appeal the the Herb Garden Centre Unionists!

  • Traditional Unionist

    Parsley eh? Maybe IJP knows him…..

  • Comrade Stalin

    Keith, the UUP are more likely to move to Russia and resurrect the CPSU (with me at the helm – naturally – all power to the soviets!) than merge with the Alliance Party. The objectives and vision of the two parties are completely different. You’re making the rather foolish mistake of believing that since Alliance are pro-union and so are the UUP, the parties are basically the same. It couldn’t be further from the truth.

    The UUP are British nationalists and the Alliance Party are not. The UUP is conservative in background, Alliance is liberal. The UUP is broadly Eurosceptic, Alliance is broadly pro-Europe. Alliance attracts a cross-community vote, the UUP (like the DUP) only really bothers with keeping the prods on side. It’s chalk and cheese. The DUP are far, far closer to the UUP in terms of ideology and vision. There is very little to distinguish them aside from stridency and “soft skills” (better leadership, better candidates).

    As we well know in Northern Ireland small parties don’t merge, they just hang around. There are at least 7 or 8 flavours of unionist party that I can think of at the moment, and they all exist because their members are too arrogant or self-centred to tolerate views which differ oh-so-slightly in order to reap electoral benefits. The UUP will probably never go out of existence, it will just remain as a small entity with a handful of councillors and maybe an MP or two.

  • Intelligence Insider

    Just to repeat, Eastwoods are offering 5/2 on the DUP winning 10 seats or more…you know it makes sense!

    Posted by: Keith M at April 25, 2005 07:52 PM

    Keith, if you’d care to put your money where your mouth is, place a bet of £1000 or more and I will gladly give you 5/1 on the DUP winning 10 seats or more. Much better odds than any of the bookmakers and I will honour that to any person on this website, through Betfair if they like.
    If “you know it makes sence” get your money out and lets see how confident you really are. The reason for the £1000 minimum is to see how serious anyone is in thinking the DUPers could possibly win 10+ seats, I have enough liquid capital to cover over 100 losing bets but this is one I will be making money on if any of the mouthpieces care to take me up!

  • IJP

    Ian Parsley?!

    What’s funny about that?!

    I’ll give you 5/1 I’ll name my first daughter Rosemary…

  • Alan Castle

    Guys, just to confirm, i read this and had to tell you this was very funny, how ever the remainder of the verse was, It is alliance’s turn to bring back normality into politics, to bring about a normal bread and butter politics.

    I shouldn’t have paused but this is what you get when you only have one choice 🙂

    Alan

  • Intelligence Insider

    Keith/Dupes,
    I am still waiting on the first bet? What is wrong with all the people so sure of a DUPed victory? Are they convinced or not? My 5/1 still stands, why have you gone so quiet Keith?

  • Young Fogey

    Are you really offering 5/1? If you are, I’ll lay down £100. No joking.

  • Intelligence Insider

    Ok, I had said £1000 but will take a bet of £100 at 5/1 from you Young Fogey.

  • IJP

    II

    Are you SURE?!

    I’m not a betting man but you are tempting me big time!

    The DUP will win: Antrim East, Antrim North, Antrim South, Belfast East, Belfast North, Belfast South, Lagan Valley, Londonderry East, Strangford and Upper Bann – 10 seats.

  • Intelligence Insider

    Ian,
    Yes. I’m sure! And I’ll not even embarass you by quoting the odds on Alliance winning even one seat! lol. 😉

  • Keith M

    Just to let you all know that Easrwoods have now slashed their odds on the DUP getting 10 seats or more. It was 5/2, it’s now 7/5. Before you would have got 70 back on and 20 bet. Today you only get 48 back. Adius the Gimp.

  • Keith M

    Just to let you all know that Easrwoods have now slashed their odds on the DUP getting 10 seats or more. It was 5/2, it’s now 7/5. Before you would have got 70 back on and 20 bet. Today you only get 48 back. Adios the Gimp.