On the quaint art of playing the optics

Danny Morrison on that radio car incident where Francie Malloy was left standing out of the rain in a nearby van whilst his DUP colleague Jim Wells was interviewed by Seamus McKee (I think) inside, and tells how Jim once shared a taxi with Donegal man and Sinn Fein MP Pat Doherty.

  • Stephen Copeland

    Mick,

    Do you actually read the things you blog?

    Cos what was actually said (I added the bold) was:

    The BBC goes over to Stormont for live coverage, and we learn from a drenched journalist that Jim Wells is not speaking to Francie Molloy. Francie was sitting out of the rain in the BBC radio van, waiting to be interviewed about how he and Jim will share and ensure the smooth running of assembly business when Eileen has to go shopping. But when Jim saw Francie, he refused to get into the van and sit beside him and insisted on being interviewed in the rain. Big Jim would have nothing to do with Sinn Féin/IRA.

    Courtesy of Stephen Copeland, Official Slugger Pedant of the Month.

  • Paul

    Why does the DUP still continue with the farce of blanking sinn Fein on camera but dealing with them behind the scenes.

    Surely even DUP supporters must laugh at this situation?

  • Mick Fealty

    Amended Stephen. Trying to multi task again, doh!

  • Stephen Copeland

    Mick,

    Amended Stephen. Trying to multi task again, doh!

    Its still not right.

    Francie was inside the radio car, and Jim was outside in the rain. (I notice, because that would be my preference in a wider sense too 🙂 )

  • Pete Baker

    Stephen

    Well, that would be Danny’s version. As I recall the BBC version was that Jim Wells sat in the front seat of the van until Francie Molloy’s interview finished.

    But fiction’s fiction.

  • Shore Road Resident

    Ah Danny, he’s such a wit, isn’t he?
    You should hear his story about the time he was caught by the cops at Scap’s house just before they were about to murder another informer.
    Oh no, hang on. Danny actually never mentions that.

  • John McIlveen

    Great piece by Danny, love his sarcasm, and folks lets face it, if we tried to explain Paisley’s objections on Monday (alongside his colourfull past) to a stranger well wouldn’t we just be guilty of imploding the poor person’s wee head!

    John

  • TAFKABO

    Why does the DUP still continue with the farce of blanking sinn Fein on camera but dealing with them behind the scenes.

    Whatever the explanation it’s probably not too dissimilar to the one Sinn Fein gives for working with the PSNI behind the scenes when it suits them.

  • Zorro

    DUP/SF really are the problem parties!

  • Jacko

    BBC television news that evening actually showed Molloy sitting in the radio car and Wells outside in the rain.

  • TAFKABO

    For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.

    Matthew 5:45

    Another bible verse debunked.

  • Busty Brenda

    ‘when Eileen has to go shopping’.

    Hey thats a sexist remark.

  • Te rain it raineth
    On the just and on the unjust fella
    but more on the just than the unject fella
    Coz the unjust fella
    Has the just fella’s umbrella

  • TAF
    I recall terry thomas in a movie, as a Brit Officer running a POW camp, the German Officer came up to him and asked if he could have special status for him and his fellow SS officers, under the Geneva Convention.
    TT replied, inimitably
    ” My dear chap, you’re a complete shower “

  • missfitz

    Francie was sitting out of the rain in the BBC radio van, waiting to be interviewed about how he and Jim will share and ensure the smooth running of assembly business when Eileen has to go shopping

    Brenda, I see you beat me to it, but why do male commentators never miss an opportunity to demean a woman doing a traditional male job?

    Not that Danny would be jealous of course, he being the wrong man and all, but I think it was a petty comment and sadly too indicative of the rampant misogyny in Northern Ireland society

  • missfitz, I agree, one would almost think that all women do is shop till they drop these days.
    How ridiculous! take em to the women’s rugby club I say.

  • missfitz

    SL
    Surely women are far too clever to roll about in the muck after a ball that is misshapen, then bond in strange ways in the showers, all the while making grunting noises?

    At least, thats my impression of rugby.

    Seriously, when the speaker was a male, there was never ever ever a mention of him going shopping, or neglecting his duties in any way.

    What gives any one the right to make such a statement about Eileen Bell? It is uncalled for and childish

  • agreed missfitz, a stupid and demeaning comment. older readers will remember betty boothroyd, the UK parliament speaker for 10 years.
    She was brilliant, and would not have stood for this kind of kitchen-sink bigotry.