Stormont evacuated

No, no one has been bored to death, however, BBC’s Stormont Live reported on air that a man walked into Stormont with a bag (have you heard this one?), and as such the alarms were rung. Right in the middle of David Ford’s speech, too. A suspended assembly indeed. More to come later.

UPDATE: BBC 24 is now reporting a man walked into the foyer claiming to have an incendiary device. It is being suggested he is a loyalist (?). Screams and shouts were heard. ‘A bit of a kerfuffle at the top of the steps’. No evidence that the man actually had any device on him as yet.

UPDATE 2: Michael Stone is being named as the loyalist who walked in with a bomb.

Apparently he took the time to spraypaint ‘SINN FEIN IRA WAR’ on the pillars of Stormont before he got caught in the revolving door.

UPDATE 3: The police are getting out their crime scene tape. Stormont is now a crime scene.

Trying very hard not to laugh.

UPDATE 4: BBC 24 is showing tape of the event, it was indeed Michael Stone. Sky News is showing Stone, laying flat on the ground being handcuffed with his legs in the air at the moment. They seem to have the clip on a loop, lol (I shouldn’t be laughing, should I?). It is either on a loop or he is incredibly difficult to pin down. LOL. This is certainly more exciting than the speeches were.

UPDATE 5: Sky is saying he chucked a rucksack at the security in the foyer. In case you are worried about the MLAs, they are all currently getting soaked by pouring rain as they huddle around the news vans outside.

You couldn’t make this up. In fact, Reg Empey has just said, ‘Nobody could have written the script for this.’ There you go, Slugger has its finger on the pulse.

UPDATE 6: More seriously, Sky is now reporting that Stone had a live device, or at least that is what security believed, now they are saying they can’t confirm whether it was a live device or not. Sounds like security was taking precautions as is their job.

UPDATE 7: People are milling about outside Stormont, the rain seems to have slackened a bit but it is still wet and damp. The bomb squad seems to have arrived. Eyewitness report from a Reuters photographer (as reported to Sky) says Stone pushed his way into the doors, threw the bag at security shouting it was a bomb, smoke and sparks were emanating from the bag. Rumours are flying about guns and knives and people getting hurt but that does not appear to be the case from the video being shown and from commentary from people who were in the reception area when Stone sort of burst in. If you see the clip he doesn’t seem to quite make it all the way into reception, his arms are held stretched, pinning him with his back to the doors.

Well, it appears now the soundbites are rolling in, and we can pretty much write those ourselves. ‘A stark reminder of the dark days of the troubles and exactly what we are trying to avoid,’ ‘The reality is this, that the stalemate has created a vaccuum that allows for this sort of thing to happen,’ ‘The security arrangements will have to be reviewed, questions need asked…’ you know the drill. As you have a load of reporters standing around with a load of politicians who have nothing to do but mill about, I am sure we will be treated to all sorts of twaddle, until they can resume business. If anything more exciting than that happens, I’ll blog it, otherwise, this is Rusty Nail, signing off.

  • POL

    #

    humour aside – why did Michael Stone act in the way he has today….because Loyalists are not represented at the table. Republican murderers and bombers rub shoulders and call the shot with the DUP’s Grand Old Duke of York – but Loyalists are excluded from the process. This is what happens. Unionists need to reflect on this state of affairs, as it is Unionists who have exploited and taken political advantage from the hard Loyalist men in the background for 30 years, and it is long overdue that they were comprehensively brought in from the cold. NIO/Dept of Foreign Affairs – are you listening?
    Posted by drumcree on Nov 24, 2006 @ 12:01 PM

    Wise up you sad moron

  • Bemused

    Fat, demented spide makes an arse of himself. End of story.

  • Cormac

    CL:

    “I admire and respect Michael Stone”

    And his killing of three Catholics prior to Miltown? Do you admire and respect that?

  • GrassyNoel

    PHILISTINES!

    The man IS an artist…and you have all missed the point of today’s outdoor theatrical presentation.

    Stone’s actions today are an accurate literary, symbolic and metaphorical representation of NI’s attempts to get the rest of the world’s attention and still appear relevant in the 21st Century.

    He has moved on from painting on canvas and is now operating at a higher artistic level of performance art.

    His ‘encounter’ with those security guards = the wider world’s attention span, his subsequent treatment = NI fatigue after 30 years of watching the political version of ‘LOST’ and being promised the conclusion only to be left hanging at the end of every series.

    The man is holding up a mirror to NI. This is nothing less than an artistic triumph, a veritable Tour de Force from a man very obviously at the peak of his creative powers.

    BRAVO, MONSIEUR STONE! BRAVO!
    (Stands up, snaps both heels together, clenches butt-cheeks together and applauds in camp art-critic fashion, while throwing bouqets at Stone’s feet as he is wheeled away in Hannibal Lecter -style restraints)

  • bertie

    “CL:

    “I admire and respect Michael Stone”

    And his killing of three Catholics prior to Miltown? Do you admire and respect that?

    I would get the impression that he did.

  • Cormac

    Oh yeah,

    “I am 100% convinced in my mind that this operation was not sanctioned by the UDA/UFF Inner Council.”

    You got that right. If he was you can be sure the cops would have been waiting for him. Best way to send a message to Special Branch? Pass it to a top Loyalist.

  • shamo

    Stone getting caught in the revolving doors, though, is a classic moment of modern TV. Ah….bless!

    Seriously though, the guy suffers from attention seeking disorder. Whenever he does an interview, the bombast (pardon the pun) out of him is astonishing. I think we should view this, not as a political act as such, but as the actions of a man with serious mental health issues.

  • This crazy bastard running loose and still not a word about loyalist decommissioning. Roaring about “No Surrender” and “Shun Feayne/IRA.” All I was waiting for was No Pope Here and Romanists. He’s a menace to society and a complete loon.
    The only plus is that the british public and body politic are moving further and further away from the North. The British people, judging by the their media today, see the 6 counties as being just as foreign as Iraq is. They don’t like the Unionists and are only praying to get out of there. The british public see paisley, stone and the rest of that bunch as cut from the same cloth. i.e. completely un-british and acting like wild paddies.
    On the other side, the 26 counties are shitting it as well.

  • parcifal

    corckman spot on.
    I’d go further by saying the British Public regards the pakistanis , the indians and the afro-caribbeans as MORE British than those wild loyalist paddies, who live in the North.

    The funny thing is mate, the Unionists don’t get it., and think that the more union jacks they fly up is proof of their britishness.

    Bonkers !!!

  • bertie

    “So can we now assume that loyalist paramilitaries consider almost everyone in society ‘the enemy’? ”

    I think that that was a safe assumption for a long time.

  • British

    “The funny thing is mate, the Unionists don’t get it., and think that the more union jacks they fly up is proof of their britishness.

    Bonkers !!! ”

    Personally I dont need to fly a union flag (not jack) as I just accept what is natural for me.

    Looks like you the one who “doesnt get it”

  • bertie

    British

    Parsifal is just demonstrating his b.i.g.o.t.r.y.

  • British

    I know bertie,
    I think it may also be a breach of a persons human rights to deny them their rightful nationality, like the Jews were’nt considered “proper Germans” in the 30s, Black Americans still are’nt considered proper Americans today.

  • heck

    British

    but the Irish consider Ulster Prods to be as Irish as I am.

  • British

    Should tell that to the blogger on here who goes under the name of Kensei. And I in no way doubt your sincerity.

    As I dont speak for all ulster prods, Those that see their nationality as British, should be entitled to have that respected. As I respect anyone who regards their nationality as Irish or whatever.

  • parcifal

    British and bertie
    no, you guys don’t get it.
    I said this is how you are SEEN from Britian.
    Now do you get it?
    Ahhh see

  • British

    Nope clear as mud, and how long have you been spokesperson of how Britain sees the world?

    Howzabout I right some bollocks of how the citizens of the Republic view the northern republicans and pass my own opinions off as factual.
    You know what, dem in de 26 dont want ya, they see ya as fake irish and only playing along, sure they all left you up here to be run by filthy heathen prods and did nothing about it… pretty offensive isnt it, it’s up there with the type of shit stirring playground “You’re mates dont really like ya” bollocks that bores the tits of any sensible adult, so humour me someless.
    And I am as British as someone who is of Pakistani or Jamaican origin so you can drop that BNP bullshit to.

  • bertie

    parsifal

    no you don’t get it. I was referring to your b.i.g.o.t.r.y in

    “The funny thing is mate, the Unionists don’t get it., and think that the more union jacks they fly up is proof of their britishness. ”

    Your dissmissive attitude as to what unionists don’t get or what they think is a manifestation of your b.i.g.o.t.r.y

  • AmericanViewer

    British,

    Where do you draw your facts on
    “Black Americans still aren’t considered proper Americans today”?

    From where I stand Blacks are members of the Senate, Congress, secretary of state, CEO’s of Fortune 500 companies, 2008 Presidential Hopefuls, Music industry, Movie Industry, Sports… I could go on but you get my point.

    When you make a statment like that please back it up.

  • parcifal

    “I am as British as someone who is of Pakistani or Jamaican origin”
    you don’t deserve to be
    bertie
    “Your dissmissive attitude as to what unionists don’t get or what they think is a manifestation of your b.i.g.o.t.r.y”

    You need to be dismissed, in fact you need the rod. If I was King I’d strip you all of your british subject status, and sell you all as slaves to the Gaels, as an example to the commonwealth, of what you get if you don’t treat your indiginous neighbours properly.
    Now that’s not intolerance that’s Justice.

    So you’re lucky I’m just a self-opiniated old bigot, not the King of England 😉

  • British

    “you don’t deserve to be”
    You dont even know me, Grandfather served in North Africa, great uncle a surgeon in Normandy, I bloody well do deserve to be, luckily its not based on merit, so you to could become as British as me :o)
    “and sell you all as slaves to the Gaels”
    We’d only end up owning them. :oP
    “Now that’s not intolerance that’s Justice.”
    Sounds more like revenge.
    “So you’re lucky I’m just a self-opiniated old unpleasant”
    You’re not all that bad, and Im not a monarchist.

    Americanviewer
    You dont know your laws terribly well, although the supreme court overthrew the anti-miscegenation act in the late 1960s, many states up until 1999 and I saw last year on tinternet that some states still had them on the books.
    So, one american cannot be american enough to marry another american, I could go on, but you get my weak but interesting point.

  • bertie

    …..and parsifal demonstrates even more of his b.i.g.o.t.r.y just incase anyone was in any doubt

  • British

    luckily its not based on merit,

    I should

    as you can see with the buffoon pictured above

  • British

    I think he was taking the urine bertie… at least I hope so.

  • kensei

    “Should tell that to the blogger on here who goes under the name of Kensei. And I in no way doubt your sincerity.”

    1. Try not randomly dragging me into arguments that I have not been involved in.

    2. I was having a serious debate about identity and trying to get my head round things I don’t understand. I’m not denying anyone their Irishness, just trying to pin down if their “Irishness” is my “Irishness” and what exactly goes down in the mad little Unionist heads of yours.

    Sometimes I even play Devil’s Advocate a little bit, just to try and get to the nub of ther matter.

    3. The reason being, I dislike immensely people using their “Irishness” as a weapon to block mine e.g. over St pats Day parades

    4. Seriously fuck right off with dragging me into arguments and totally misrepresenting me, you little shit.

  • British

    “Seriously fuck right off with dragging me into arguments and totally misrepresenting me, you little shit.”

    OK fair enough, I should’nt have used your blog name, and kept it anomynous, sorry about that.
    And its a shame you have to resort to name calling when it was’nt necessary an apology would be nice.

  • kensei

    Grossly misrepresenting my position is a crime worthy of getting called a shit, even just to express my annoyance.

    But this is the internet and I have no idea who you are. Best not to take it too seriously.

  • British

    OK forget about it.

  • bertie

    “I think he was taking the urine bertie… at least I hope so. ”

    British

    I’m not sure. I fear that he is for real. It would be nice to think that such attitudes only existed as parody.

  • smcgiff

    What with Concerned Loyalist and Kensei turning up on request I’ve been thinking…

    Eva Longoria is a bigot!

  • parcifal

    british phew you’re not a monarchist. I take it all back.
    Funny though how “loyalists” call themselves as such, as I don’t recall much loyalty to the crown over recent years.

    loyal to themselves IMHO, belligerent knaves,send em to the colonies I say, damn it all, wot, wot, we are british,
    oops we already have. the irish colonies 😉

    I’m not anti-british bertie, I’m anti the idea of britishness as expressed by unionism, I think it is unreflective of current moods and developments. and very b.i.g.t.e.d to use the word you love to throw at me, erroneously by the way.

  • smcgiff

    ‘Eva Longoria is a unpleasant!’

    Dang you Mick for ruining a good joke! 🙂
    b.i.g.o.t. turns into a pedants dream I see

  • parcifal

    Indeed my best brit of the year is still Andrew Flintoff, did you see the way in which he crouched down to Brett Lee, and put his arm on his shoulder, at one of the Ashes matches, when England had won the test by two wickets. It brought tears to my eyes.
    Now that’s what I call the true British spirit, so please do not misrepresent me ok.
    I have a deep love and regards for the true Brit, as opposed to…. you know the rest !

  • bertie

    Parsifal

    I never said you anything about you being anti british, per se . Your anti unionist b.i.g.o.t.r.y has been demonstated by phrases such as “belligerent knaves,send em to the colonies ”

    “and very b.i.g.t.e.d to use the word you love to throw at me, erroneously by the way. ”

    I throw it at you because you demonstate it and it can not be b.i.g.o.t.e.d of me to call you this as I am being very specific. The accusation is to you personally and not any group to wich you may belong.

  • bertie

    “, so please do not misrepresent me ok”

    I have not misrepresented you, you are condemned by your own words.

  • parcifal

    bertie I make no apologies for my intolerance towards unionism. I find it deeply offensive, and as a Brit I am profoundly embarrased by my fellow Brits intolerant ( thats what b.i.g.o.t.r.y means )attitudes over the years towards the Irish, who I’m descended from.

    Its our British shame, the shame of our empire, and how we have treated out fellow man, esp the Irish, and we in England are deeply aware of this.
    We’re quite fond of the irish you know, and follow their sporting events as if they were our own.

    Will leave it at that.
    best wishes.

  • headmelter

    “it’s a big shock to see him carry out this operation”

    The word ‘operation’ is not a word I would have chosen to describe todays pantomime.

    As for admiring Michael Stone the mind boggles….There are saner people residing in our psychiatric establishments.

  • AmericanViewer

    British,

    “You dont know your laws terribly well, although the supreme court overthrew the anti-miscegenation act in the late 1960s, many states up until 1999 and I saw last year on tinternet that some states still had them on the books. ”

    The laws and constitutions of some states still banned inter-racial marriages until the year 2000. However the decision by the Supreme Court annulled them all back in 1967.

    “You dont know your laws terribly well”.
    I’m not a lawyer, I hire a lawyer when i need legal advice . Please stick to the points without inserting personal tidbits (Isn’t there supposed to be a ball/man rule on this blog?)

  • bertie

    It is really hard to imagine how anyone casts Stone in the role of hero. He is a lunatic and I wouldn’t be suprised if he was actually sectioned.

  • bertie

    Parsifal

    “bertie I make no apologies for my intolerance towards unionism. I find it deeply offensive ”

    This is your b.i.g..o.t.r.y

    “and as a Brit I am profoundly embarrased by my fellow Brits intolerant ( thats what b.i.g.o.t.r.y means )attitudes over the years towards the Irish, who I’m descended from. ”

    as I am embarrassed by your b.i.g.o.t.r.y.

    Why is it only your b.i.g.o.t.r.y that is acceptable and indeed must not be called such.

  • British

    “I’m not a lawyer, I hire a lawyer when i need legal advice . Please stick to the points without inserting personal tidbits (Isn’t there supposed to be a ball/man rule on this blog?) ”

    There is but, I dont think I played you, or at least played you terribly hard (as hard as I’ve been played), but in the interests of bon whatever, I’ll refrain from making assumptions about your goodself, I hope your feelings are’nt too bruised.

    Well thats marriages, quite shocking is’nt it, I could barely believe it, Do you regard it as a valid point though?

    If not.
    Roughly what are the percentages of black/white/other in prisons, then a comparison with the life expectancy?. Actually I dont have the figures at hand, but they are skewed.
    My point is, if there is inequality, then obviously some people are’nt American enough, the sad thing is it seems to be a worldwide disease, and I’m no way insinuating that it is a purely an American problem, but when I stayed there, the contrast seemed more stark, of course this is my own perception.

  • bertie

    meant to point out in my last post that it is more parsifal’s intolerance to unionists rather than unionism that is the essence of his b.i.g.o.t.r.y.

  • AmericanViewer

    British,

    You’ve made your point on social issues and i’ve made mine on the constitutional issue but there was an orignal blogged comparison between Jews in Germany (1930/40s) and blacks in America (today) which simply cannot be made. A better example for the point you are trying to make would have been to mention the Naturalized Americans of Mexican or latino origin who although are passport carrying americans they speak spanish as a first language. English is being made the only offical language in many small communities at the local government level as a way to let them know their place. ( http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2006/Nov-23-Thu-2006/news/11008521.html ).
    (not unlike the irish language treatment in Ireland pre 1920 and Northern Ireland post 1920)

    Sounds like Michael Stone doesn’t need Jail, he needs institutional assistance.

  • British

    My original post stated that denying someone their nationality is undoubtedly a great wrong, I used 2 examples, Germany in the 30s through constitutional and social acts, and America today, through mainly social acts.
    I stand by my original post, but I do see where you are coming from.

    I am neither for or against the Irish language, as long as it doesnt make a “significant” infringement on my daily life and job prospects I’m not bothered either way, and most of the people I know have similar feelings, also I dont know enough about it to make a useful comment, and I am blissful in my ignorance.
    What does raise my temper, is people telling me I am disallowed my rightful nationality, or even undeserving of it, either through passing comment or making snide remarks.

    Michael Stone worries alot of unionists to, I have no idea what he hoped to achieve through his actions, perhaps a quest for greater infamy.

  • Booby Wipe Yer Bum

    Did Stoner get the weapons from the front door, those left there by the republican terrorists inside.

  • cavendish

    Stone is still psychopathic and dangerous. He has talked to the media repeatedly about being prepared to return to prison. That’s the only place he can relive the empowerment from the past. The publicity stunt today was intended to facilitate that wish. I hope his art is better than his graffiti.

  • bertie

    British

    “Michael Stone worries alot of unionists to, I have no idea what he hoped to achieve through his actions, perhaps a quest for greater infamy.”

    In the general climate of lauding terrorists, this inadequate was made to feel important. He is clearly miffed that he hasn’t been getting enough attention lately. It is undoubtedly a great way of getting that attention. It hink that it is very short sighted. When he is back inside, he will have less scope to satisfy his addiction to attention, very public attention at least.

  • Earl of Cavendish

    He obviously want to go back to prison. Who does he want to protect himself from? Was there a white van on the road to Stormont?

  • Van Winkie

    Loyalist loons on the inside shouting no, Loyalist loons on the outside shouting no…

    What a sad creature Michael Stone is…but who made him?.

    Stand up and take a bow all you lovers of ” OUR WEE LAAGER”

    NO SURRENDER!… until at least tea time.

  • The Devil

    Al Qaeda held a rushed ruling council meeting and voted Michael Stone the worst suicide bomber of 2006

  • The Devil

    Stormonts revolving doors have now been fixed after maintenance officers removed a big stone that got stuck in them

  • Concerned Loyalist

    First off it’s “must HAVE seen him” not “must of”. Pet hate of mine that.
    Posted by Ian on Nov 24, 2006 @ 04:37 PM

    Go and blow up your girlfriend you sad person. I obtained an “A” at GCSE in English Language and a “B” in English Literature at A-Level. Therefore I believe I have a sufficient grasp of the Queen’s tongue and do not need patronising corrections from you that have nothing whatsoever to do with the subject in question. What a prick…

  • Concerned Loyalist

    And his killing of three Catholics prior to Miltown? Do you admire and respect that?

    Posted by Cormac on Nov 24, 2006 @ 04:58 PM

    Michael had comprehensive intelligence pointing to the fact those men were active republicans. They were not “innocent” Roman Catholics. I am indifferent to their executions to be honest – no lives should have been lost during the euphemistically titled “Troubles” but the Provisional IRA/Official IRA/INLA/IPLO and most recently the CIRA and RIRA made that impossible. The UFF couldn’t idly stand by and watch their community being ethnically cleansed in a sectarian pogrom. They had to hit back and hit back so hard the republican actors in that deadly game realised they couldn’t act with impunity – with every coffin they ordered for a person from the Protestant community there would be at least one ordered for them or someone close to them in return…if you play with fire you’re going to get burnt.

  • Concerned Loyalist

    I’d go further by saying the British Public regards the pakistanis , the indians and the afro-caribbeans as MORE British than those wild loyalist paddies, who live in the North.
    Posted by parcifal on Nov 24, 2006 @ 06:12 PM

    That’s why a lot of British people from the mainland who have emigrated to Northern Ireland say to me that immigrants from those countries had a big say on their decision to move to Ulster – they felt like second-class citizens in the big cities of Scotland, England and Wales and felt certain parts of their cities had become no-go areas for White British people. Thye all said they felt more at home here and a few of them went so far as to say that Ulster was MORE British than the rest of the United Kingdom…my experiences certainly contradict what you’re saying “parcifal”.