Hurricane to blow through Stormont?

Hurricane Higgins had the whole of Belfast glued to their TV sets when he beat Cliff Thorburn in the World Championship final in 1982. Now he’s planning a new career as an anti-politician politician. Thanks to Donnie for the heads up!

Higgins’s mission is to call a referendum on May 11 to remove the letters “lfa” from Belfast and rename it “Best” city, partly in honour of his old mate George Best, and partly because “it’s a great city, really, very compact and with fantastic facilities”. As leader of the newly formed Make Politicians History party, he will also “make a point about the pointlessness of politicians” by running in the next Stormont elections.

The Hurricane’s new vocation struck him when he met another meteorological phenomenon: “Rainbow” George Weiss, the founder of the eccentric Vote for Yourself Dream Ticket party, which won 712 votes in Belfast last May. Weiss continues to offer Higgins advice, tips such as: “Alex’s slogan could be: “Are you drinking what we’re drinking?”

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty