How Sammy spent his Twelfth

Sammy Wilson writes of his experiences of being on duty with the PSNI on the 11th night and on the Twelfth of July.

  • Rory

    I must say that i was surprised and impressed by Wilson’s account which was well written and engagingly descriptive and lacking any strong political bias. I have no idea how accurate it was but neither do I have any reason to doubt its accuracy.

    For me anyway an antidote to some of the demonisation of Wilson that I have read. Perhaps there is hope after all.

  • B e m u s ed

    Interesting to note Sammy’s tacit acknowledgement that the bonfires across the North are an utter, toxic fucking disgrace. Interesting to see whether he and his fellow DUP’ers bother their arses doing anything about it next time round (don’t hold your breath – they seem happy every year to indulge the great spide-infested loyalist unwashed in their carcinogen-belching antics).

    Apart from that – I agree with Rory – the whole tone of the article was astoundingly normal, rational and distinctly non-DUP (reminded me a bit of Peter Robinson’s recent semi-stoned speech in New York) – are the DUP finally beginning to act like normal, rational adults????

  • Did he have to wear a uniform?

    We all know how much Sammy hates wearing clothes….

  • John

    Hats off to Sammy for doing something like this and actually seeing events unfold at groundlevel. I wish more politicians did things like this!

  • Sammy

    Yes John,
    Hats off, shirts off, trousers off, boxers off….

  • james orr

    someone better alert Susan McKay – “DUP MP in appearing-to-be-reasonable-and-showing-potential-interest-in-the-future-of-Northern-Ireland shocker”

  • Rory

    Come on, guys, cut it out! Sammy’s fondness for naturism is after all, like David Cameron’s cycling activities, surely only a sign of his commitment to ecological issues.

  • John Maynard

    It’s also a joke even the Hole in the Wall Gang got tired of several years ago.

  • Nevin

    [i]Mural Number: 901
    Location: Mountpottinger Road, Short Strand, Belfast
    Type: Nationalist / Republican
    Year: August 2001
    Status: No Longer exists
    Description: Close-ups of the figures from mural No.899. DUP Councillor Sammy Wilson MLA is portrayed naked except for his mayoral chain and a DUP rosette. The PUP’s David Irvine MLA clutches the Oxford Book of Quotations.[/i]

  • John Maynard

    Ah yes, I miss that one – and it wasn’t even on the tourist bus route. Such a pity.
    Who had it painted over?

  • Occasional Commentator

    Sammy was only directly criticizing the bonfires which were too tall, had too many tires, or had totally innappropriate messages on them.

    We shouldn’t assume ‘Sammy’s tacit acknowledgement that the bonfires across the North are an utter, toxic fucking disgrace’ applies to all the bonfires.

    As for Sammy appearing surprisingly rational, I guess nationalists, like any politicians, find it more important to demonize the nice guys. The extremists tend to demonize themselves!

  • humber

    “I have been working with them, and people at a local level, to try and defuse some of the tensions and disorder which often erupt in the interface with Short Strand in my east Belfast council constituency.”

    That statement is simply not true, Sammy.

    Sammy Wilson stoked and fuelled the disorder that surrounded the Short Strand area in 2002/2003.

    Wilson was filmed chatting and joking with senior uvf commanders as they coordinated an attack on the funeral procession of a Catholic pensioner who had died suddenly in the area.

    Wilson also refused to condemn unionists who erected signs on roads leading into East Belfast which warned nationalists not to enter the East Belfast area.

    Sammy is used to being at ground level alright, unfortunetly, he has tended to be with those creating the violence rather than obseving or calming serious situations

  • headmelter

    “Hats off to Sammy for doing something like this and actually seeing events unfold at groundlevel.”

    I didn’t read it like this.
    It seemed he spent most of the eleventh night rubbing shoulders with deputyb chiaf constables and sitting in police stations, having a big fry watching orangefest then sitting in the ‘gold command centre’.
    Bully for you sammy.

    Now what could be done to reduce all that tension around Ardoyne next year so hundreds of thousands of pounds wouldn’t be spent policing a parade not wanted in the area.

  • munsterman

    “..Yes….
    Hats off, shirts off, trousers off, boxers off…. “.

    Right,right,right – got the message loud and clear – but do you have to rub it in as to how much scoring went on in Helsinki last night…?

    Thanks a bunch.

  • Big Hughie

    Rory
    “For me anyway an antidote to some of the demonisation of Wilson that I have read.”

    You might have added “… and written”.

  • Rory

    I don’t recall having written anything about Wilson before, Big Hughie, although it is possible that I commented on something that he was reported as having said, but nothing immediately springs to mind.

  • slug

    I have always thought Wilson was one of the more intelligent DUP spokespersons, on the left of the party in economic terms. He has a waggish sense of humour, which I have come to like.

  • non amused

    bemused

    “Interesting to note Sammy’s tacit acknowledgement that the bonfires across the North are an utter, toxic fucking disgrace. Interesting to see whether he and his fellow DUP’ers bother their arses doing anything about it next time round”

    Its not just a DUP issue i may suggest :/

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/4797943.stm

    Your the guy who bought a hose mext to a bonfire aren’t you !!!!!!!

    lol !!!!!!

    heres a tip for ya

    Dont try selling your house in July !!!!!!!!!!

    hahahahah

  • circles

    How sweet – Sammy’s golden day…ahhhhhhhh…wonder if Jim fixed it for him.?
    I think the article could have been interesting if he had of just slummed it with Bronze Command and seen the whole thing from the front of a cop car rather than in the cozy command centre on the eleventh. The image of Sammy and the chief constable standing chatting and watching the march is surely one that had a few eyes rolling (imagine if Marty McG was stang on the falls chatting away to the chief constable watching the commemoration head up to casement!) but at least he didn’t head up to ardoyne and rap with the coppers up there.

    Still, the lad seemed to enjoy himself surrounded by men in uniform.

  • circles

    “had have” NOT “had of” – sorry 🙂

  • Benn

    My favorite Sammy is his interview with Ali G. See how much effort he puts into denying that Ian Paisley is on crack. The link has been posted in here before, but you can get it at YouTube by searching for Ali G Northern Ireland. What a bit of comedy! As for the parades, everyone hopes they go off quietly except when it’s in their interest that they don’t. Nice policing in Derry last Saturday, much less confrontational at the end than last year.

  • slug

    If the Blanket columnist, John Coulter, is to be believed, then Sammy Wilson is a member of the Robinson/Donaldson group within the DUP, who are eager to press for a negotiated devolutionary settlement sooner rather than later.

  • Harry

    There’s nothing ‘normal’ about Wilson’s attitudes in this piece considering the reality of what he’s talking about, a reality we are all familiar with. What national day of celebration anywhere else in europe involves such a police overkill in order to accomodate one side of the population whilst ‘marshalling’ the other? Smacks of an almost 1950’s Rhodesian sense of supremacism if you listen to the undertone.

    And what does he mean by this:
    normal policing goes on … two travellers are arrested for stealing?

  • fair_deal

    “If the Blanket columnist, John Coulter, is to be believed”

    Does anyone believe a JC analysis

  • moochin photomam

    That was the only thing that was offensive about the piece,

    “normal policing goes on … two travellers are arrested for stealing?”

    other than this vaguely discrimainatory remark i thought it was a well balanced and imformative piece shining a light on the behind the scenes.

  • slug

    “Does anyone believe a JC analysis”

    That’s why I said if 🙂

    I find John Coulter’s stuff interesting but it seems to change week-on-week. Do you think he knows what he is talking about?