Early contender for Mope of the century

Ulster Unionist MLA Sam Gardiner– somewhat reluctantly- has been investigating complaints to his constituency office about a floral arrangement in Tannaghmore Gardens in Craigavon. Apparently, some disgruntled individuals have expressed offence at the colour of some of the flowers- believed to be yellow and white, with green stems- in one of the flower beds. (Discussion approx. 40 minutes into Talkback.)

  • Garibaldy

    It’s a close run thing between this and Barry McElduff complaining about the European Commissioner humiliating him in front of unionists when McElduff had been rude enough to speak to him in Irish knowing full well he wouldn’t understand. Perhaps we can have a local, national and international mope league, like football competitions.

  • lib2016

    It’s quite obvious that God got the colours wrong. Could he be one of themmuns?

  • Apparently if you look close enough the new M1 by-pass has been designed and constructed so that the lanes will spell out IRA.

    Also I’ve heard that some DUP and UUP councillors have written to the Foreign office expressing concern that the that the use of the first three letters in the countries IRAN and IRAQ are examples of the spread of nationalism and republicanism.

    If I was a protestant and Unionsist which I’m kinna not I would be saying to myself dear jesus is there no end to this.

    How big a sectarian hole would the DUP and UUP Councillors like to dig for themselves?

    How Bigoted can they become?

    How offended can they appear?

    If you did hear Talkback then you would have heard Lord Laird or as he’s known in Ulster Scots ‘talksalottawank’. Lord Laird had the brass neck to give off about funding ……kettle calling the taxi black

    His excuse at spending £400 on taxi – he was wearing a kilt and when he was on the train he got abuse. Here’s a mad idea Lord Laird, get dressed in your kilt at the venue you numptie or stay overnight.

    Ah Unionists gotta love them!

  • PS – Isn’t this the same Sam Gardner who used Council staff to do his Garden when he was mayor of Craigavon.

    surely not ……………………..

    Maybe he’s pissed

  • JR

    Was Mr.Gardiner upset because the yellow flowers were not orange. Then we could have had the real colours of the Irish tricolour on display!!

  • Elvis Parker

    Apparently the flowers around the public toilets in Lurgan are odd colours too.

  • IJP

    With you Garibaldy.

    I would like to complain that the flowers were not yellow and light blue with a hint of black. Failure to provide such is clearly anti-Alliance discrimination.

    Disgraceful.

  • Rory

    God knows how the poor man would react if he found out that they also have flowerbeds where bunches of pansies gaily bloom. Be kinder not to tell him I think.

  • Dualta

    Ye couldn’t make this stuff up.

  • dantheman

    In fairness, I think it is no exaggeration to say that this is ETHNIC CLEANSING!! ETHNIC CLEANSING!!!

    With this and the new A1/M1 Link Road DELIBERATELY BYPASSING LISBURN BECAUSE IT HAS TOO MANY UNIONISTS!!!!

  • lawnmower

    They really should replace those flowerbeds with nice baskets of fruit.

  • TAFKABO

    Ye couldn’t make this stuff up.

    You must be new around these parts.

  • Club Tropicana

    ulickmagee,

    Don’t know if sammy takes a drink but it’s clear this is the result of some sort of a bender

  • Penelope

    a yellow and white flower with a green stem… imagine that!?!?

    get a life

  • Cllr Brian Heading

    Lisburn City Council does it again!
    Lisburn City Council’s Planning committee turned down a proposal to allow a new housing estate to have bi lingual street signs even though no objections from the Housing Executive and the Royal Mail were tabled. When a SDLP proposal was made to defer the decision until next month it was voted down .

  • Steaky

    I think this is the work of special branch as the flowers quite clearly were planted there.

    Geez, poor I know but its all I got!

  • Garibaldy

    Cllr Heading,

    Are you proposing this as a new contender for MOPE of the century?

  • Droch_Bhuachaill

    Cllr. GARDINER investigating flowers?!

    I know how he feels. Imagine the hurt and anger I felt this morning when I saw an ORANGE piece of fruit in my fruitbowl this morning….

  • lawnmower

    D_B
    Does Sammy pay as much attention to fruits as flowers?

  • maura

    *Ulster Unionist MLA Sam Gardiner- somewhat reluctantly- has been investigating complaints to his constituency office about a floral arrangement in Tannaghmore Gardens in Craigavon*

    Why are we all picking on poor Sammy alone, doesn’t the story say his constituents are upset by the Fenian Floral Display (FFD).
    If there are actually people of the Unionist mind-set phoning up a politician to complain about the colour of flowers, it certainly puts all the arguments about the GAA, Hunger strikes etc etc, in perspective, doesn’t it?
    * Unionists opposed to the GAA and the FFD’s*??

  • JR

    “Why are we all picking on poor Sammy alone, doesn’t the story say his constituents are upset by the Fenian Floral Display (FFD)”

    Maura please enlighten me as to why green, white and yellow is a fenian display?

  • Miss Fitz

    The rest of Williams show got worse…… There was a heated debate on the Irish Tricolour, and a raging dispute over whether it was Green/White/Orange (Catholic:Dissenter:Protestant)

    Green/White/Yellow, with the yellow representing the Vatican and the white being the channel for the Green Irish

    Gree/White/Gold, with the gold representing the golden wheat fields of the Emerald Isle.

    Then we had a story of rat infestation in North Belfast.

    You have no idea how tempted I was to ring up and find out if they were catholic rats in a protestant neighbourhood, protestant rats in a catholic neighbourhood, or big** rats that stayed at home

  • maura

    JR *Maura please enlighten me as to why green, white and yellow is a fenian display?*

    You might want to direct that question toward Sammy and his constituents?

    MissFitz *You have no idea how tempted I was to ring up and find out if they were catholic rats in a protestant neighbourhood, protestant rats in a catholic neighbourhood, or big** rats that stayed at home *

    And which of the rats was the worst offender?

  • Miss Fitz

    A PSNI spokesman has confirmed that the nuisance rats in North Belfast are positively identified as being from neither tradition.

    This has caused consternation in the area, as no-one now knows who to blame. The language of the city has not yet adapted beyond themmuns and ussums.

    The Equality Commissioner has called an emergency meeting of senior civil servants in an attempt to provide an adeaquate label for the foreign rats, and comply with existing legislation

  • Bushmills

    Perhaps Sammy could be persuaded to appreciate nice bunches of lavenders? Is the local UUP MLA of a lavender persuasion or would he prefer pansies?

  • fair_deal

    And this is the man Alex Kane presents as being insightful about the present position of Unionism.

  • Nancyboy

    I have to say, I have read some queer threads on here in my time, but this is the mammy of them all. While it is always a pleasure to here about a politician coming out as a lover of horticulture, the whole wee Sammy thing ranks as one of the queerest of the lot.

    Is his flowers that excite him is it fruit also? Who’s to say? Is it only the colour that aroused him or would he get just as worked up by the colour pink? We just don’t know!

    Certainly pansies blooming gaily in their beds seem to have got his dander up.

    Now of course this is all a bit of a limp wrested debate, but there is a serious side to it. Sam Gardiner is a front bench spokesman for the UUP! He is one of Sir Reg’s top brass – what in all of this whole wide world of wonders ever possessed Sir Reg to promote such an utter plank!

    And let’s not forget – the UUP need a candidate for Upper Bann the next general election and in the absence of Trimble and in the absence of Danny Kennedy growing a backbone in the meantime, wee Sammy is the most senior figure knocking around the constituency.

    What an absolute shower of no hopers!

  • smirkyspice

    phewww i hope that’s not the fresh floral scent of the nornironicus homophobicus…

  • Miss Fitz

    If I read the thread correctly, it said quite clearly that Mr Gardiner RELUCTANTLY got involved in this debate, following complaints from his constituents. If either of the 2 previous posters had listened to Talkback, they also would have heard that this topic exercised many of our fine citizens today.

    I think that blaming the messenger in this way is opportunistic.

  • Nancyboy

    Only if there were anything remotely gay about Sam Gardiner – which as we all know is utterly, utterly, truly, absolutely, under not any circumstances (not even sports injury massage) ever the case

  • maura

    *And this is the man Alex Kane presents as being insightful about the present position of Unionism.*

    While this is a valid point, I feel the point being missed here, for whatever reason, is that CONSTITUENTS of Sam’s, have been registering their complaints and objections to these flower beds.
    How many Unionists have objected to the flower beds? How many took a look at the offensive colours, missed the beauty of the actual flowers, and went home angry enough to make a phone call to express their indignation at such a travesty?
    Isn’t that the pertinent question here?
    Or is Sam making the whole thing up?

  • Garibaldy

    Can’t believe what I’m seeing from some posters here.

  • maura

    MissFitz*If I read the thread correctly, it said quite clearly that Mr Gardiner RELUCTANTLY got involved in this debate, following complaints from his constituents. If either of the 2 previous posters had listened to Talkback, they also would have heard that this topic exercised many of our fine citizens today.

    I think that blaming the messenger in this way is opportunistic. *

    I could not agree more! It is mindboggling that constituents actually are so ‘mentally restricted that their hatred extends to flower beds. Good Grief, and why is that being missed in this debate.

  • Pete Baker

    [on tin foil hat]

    maura

    In my more paranoid moments when listening to this story I had even thought it possible that some bored reporter had concocted the whole story.

    [off tin foil hat]

    And I’m still not certain that wasn’t the case.

  • Garibaldy

    Pete,

    I don’t think the journalists have enough intelligence to concoct a story like this.

  • Miss Fitz

    Garibaldy
    Seriously, did you listen to the radio piece? It was utterly fascinating, with people saying that they would only plant white or orange lilies, and finally a woman who was a bit iffy about rainbows and the juxtaposition of the colours. And I caught a man talking about potato flowers which had green and yellow centres, with the implication made that they only grew potatoes with white flowers in Comber!! It was unreal

    (OK< she liked the colours, but she did bring up rainbows)

  • maura

    Pete*In my more paranoid moments when listening to this story I had even thought it possible that some bored reporter had concocted the whole story. *

    If only! Or some smart arse putting out a satire, to make us all take a look at ourselves?

  • Garibaldy

    Miss Fitz,

    I gave up on Talkback ages ago. I might listen to this, but I’ve heard enough stories like it to know it’s authentic. Now, for really made shite that’s actually entertaining, hard to beat Gerry Anderson.

  • Nancyboy

    The problem with the whole conspriacy as opposed to the ‘cock up’ theory (with due apologies to all who might see any possible homophobic element to that) is that wee Sammy admitted on air that he had followed up the complaionts by contacting the Council. He took compeltely idiotic complaints from some rednecks and ran with them. And again I say – this is one of Sir Reg’s front rank UUP front bench senior spokesmen!

    The only people losing the plot are those like wee Sammy

  • Garibaldy

    Nancyboy,

    Perhaps he’s so desperate to hold onto his seat he’ll do anything that people ask if it makes him look like he’s representing unionism strongly

  • maura

    Garibaly*Perhaps he’s so desperate to hold onto his seat he’ll do anything that people ask if it makes him look like he’s representing unionism strongly *

    Could be. I suggest he design a Union Jack Rose, a sure fire winner that would guarantee him a political career, it seems!
    Very difficult to take this seriously, I am afraid, although if we actually sat for a few minutes and though about the ramifications of this, i.e. constituents offended and infuriated enough at this sight to make phone calls to complain, then we should all shudder and mourn the state of our society.

  • Carson’s Cat

    Miss Fitz
    “If I read the thread correctly, it said quite clearly that Mr Gardiner RELUCTANTLY got involved in this debate,”

    He may have allegedly done it ‘reluctantly’, but he didnt have to raise the ‘story’ at all! He could have pointed out to whichever constituents raised this so-called issue to him that they were seeing conspiracy theories where there were none there.

    Had this been a DUP Councillor then we would have had endless cries of bigotry and general lunacy being thrown around endlessly.

    No-one forced the boul Sammy to release the statement and maybe his ‘reluctance’ has only come about when he realised the reaction his stupid statement was getting.

    We’re only blaming the messenger because the messenger had a choice whether he carried the message or not. Why exactly are you seeking to defend Sammy Gardiner? Ordinary muppets ringing into Talkback may have got the story raised, but by a public representative getting involved it was a lot more likely that this nonsense would see the light of day.

    Sammy does seem to have got the publicty bug recently. If he’s not doom-mongering that there will be a United Ireland next Tuesday then he’s releasing this kind of oul drivel. Maybe its a bid to replace Empey once the UVF debacle finally drives the combover kid from his ‘high’ office.

  • Miss Fitz

    Carson
    I wouldnt know Sammy Gardiner if her stepped out of the Lily Pad in my front garden.

    I was just suspicious of this becoming a DUP vs UUP wrangle. As Maura has been saying, it should be about the lunacy of the thing entirely.

    Oh yes, and then there was a man who complained that one day the sky was reddish, the clouds were white and the sea was blue. He felt that this was an issue that needed to be addressed.

    Methinks William needs to steer clear of radio trolls.

  • Nancyboy

    Ah the thought of sammy holding onto his own seat! Now there’s a thought!

    But we need to remeber that Sam Gardiner did indeed choose to run with this nonsense and did indeed choose to go onto Talkback and admit that he had done so. He could have said if I might quote Groucho Marx – Leave and never darken my towels again, but he didn’t he took it seriously.

    AS for replacing Sir Reg – Let me again quote Groucho who said ‘why a five year old child could undertstand this – quick get me a five year old child’ Groucho’s five year old child would do a better job than Reg and Sam together.

    Reg and Sammy sitting up a tree: p-a-n-i-c-k-i-n-g

  • Fanny

    Gosh, it must be an uphill battle to be a unionist bígot living in this GREEN and pleasant land. I mean, how does one get rid of the blessed colour? Use agent orange (terrible joke, I know)?

    I thought I’d heard it all when a friend in Kilkeel mentioned a newsagent who was forced by the local mopes to remove green pencils from his shop window. I now realize that idiocy can descend to even lower depths.

  • ooh er hark at her

    I know that sammy has been on his hands and knees gagging for thhings to get his teeth into in the press recently, but I didn’t think that even he would be as unfettered in his stupidity.

    It just goes to show you –

    I always told that sammy couldn’t tell your ar** from your his elbow, guess they were tight after all

  • ooh er hark at her

    silly me – I should have said they were RIGHT after all.

    Well smack my bottom

  • harpo

    I thought MOPE of the century so far was that complaint by Provo Sinn Fein about those B&Q uniforms.

    The question of course there is did anyone actually complain to PSF about the uniforms, or did PSF come up with that MOPE themselves?

  • dantheman

    Don’t say this too loud, but some of the road signs on our roads in are green white and yellow……

  • rock

    Is this what we pay these idiots(some peoples so called council representatives) to discuss and “investigate” Get the orange lillies in for goodness sake to keep everyone happy!

  • Moochin photoman

    “Hard to beat Gerry Anderson”
    not with a hurley it wouldn’t be!

  • Droch_Bhuachaill

    Tiocfaidh ár mBláth!!

  • “Hard to beat Gerry Anderson”

    it wouldnt be that hard i can assure you

    then the cries would be NOLAN you fat twat get over here

  • Garibaldy

    Are you suggesting that Nolan is not so fat he’d be there already?

  • sammy gardiner for president

    The Lurgan Mail has just printed a pic of the offending flowers.

    Sure enough there are yellow ones and there are green ones, and yes they all appear to have green stalks.

    So it seems to me that Sammy was absolutely spot on – this was clearly a matter o monumental international significance and he has now been totally vindictaed in his pursuit of the guilty parties.

    So come on all you DUP hacks who have been conducting a campaign aimed at trying to belittle one of our few remaining political giants – lets give oor Sammy a well deserved pat on the back for being so far sighted as to see that the next devious republican campaign would be in the form of floral terrorism – after all global terrorism is just so passe

  • we luv alderman Samantha

    The thought of Sam Gardiner having a pat on his back makes both the mind boggle and the eyes water

  • Keith M

    Yes I thought that this might take beating in the MOPEry league, but as sure as God made little green apples (obviously a Republican sympathiser) it’s already been beaten….

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/5224280.stm