Black taxis waiting for half time voting…

Noel McAdam in the Telegraph:

Black taxis were reportedly being put on standby in west Belfast to ferry football supporters from the pubs to the polls after Celtic’s crucial European Champions Cup second leg match against AC Milan. Or even at half-time. There are also major Manchester United and Arsenal clashes, two teams with huge followings in the province. And then there’s Tracey Barlow factor in Coronation Street. Facing trial for the murder of her partner Charlie, will Tracy put people off voting?

  • Yokel

    Possible tanked ups at the polling booth around the same time rushing to be back for the 2nd half.

    Should go smoothly……….

  • gerry

    They aren’t ferrying the old or the disabled from what I can see, but then this has always been Sinn Feins support base. Drunks that don’t know who they are voting for. Should bode well for the future.

  • Henry94

    So all the talk about the Sinn Fein machine being invisible broken and gone was wrong and we’re back to the sinister ruthlessness of it all.

    Come on Sinn Fein, up Celtic and good luck Tracy Barlow.

  • George

    Gerry,
    I have to say I find your post quite insulting.

    Not everyone who goes to the pub to watch Champions League football is a drunk you know.

    Or are you perhaps saying that it’s the lethal mix of football and supporting Sinn Féin that leads to alcoholism?

  • Not everyone who goes to the pub to watch Champions League football is a drunk you know.

    Maybe not everyone, but that’s usually how it pans out for me… touchy George, settle down, only 8 hours till close of poll.

  • circles

    Gerry – so Sinn Feins support base is made up of “drunks that don’t know who they are voting for” is it?
    You sure you don’t want to retract that stupid remark before you get deservedly lambasted for it?
    You may not like the party, but your pasting with a mighty big brush there.

  • slug

    But are people in a pub likely to have the relevant ID with them? (Unless they are young enough to be mistaken for being underage).

  • Bog warrior

    “Black taxis were reportedly being put on standby in west Belfast to ferry football supporters from the pubs to the polls after Celtic’s crucial European Champions Cup second leg match against AC Milan. Or even at half-time.”

    Sounds like Chinese whispers to me. No doubt the SF election machine (in WBelfast) is still there and transport will be arranged for older people and housebound but i think its unlikely they’re going to herd people out of the pub and up to the polling station. People who are motivated to vote will, people who aren’t won’t.

  • Reported yesterday:

    SF fears vote slump over Celtic match

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/election07/article2332818.ece

    The taxi drivers, many of whom are former IRA prisoners, will call round to the pubs before the 7.45pm kick-off and even at half time. As loyal party members, the service will be provided for free.

    A Sinn Fein spokesman confirmed that the party was putting special plans in place to ensure a high voter turnout.

    “We will be doing our best job on the day to make sure everyone gets out to vote.”

    The party’s growing share of the vote has been partly attributed to its highly efficient election machine, which ensures the highest possible voter turnout.

    Party members knock on doors in estates, arrange transport and tick off names as each voter goes to the poll. All of the transport is provided for free.

  • nmc

    Party members knock on doors in estates, arrange transport and tick off names as each voter goes to the poll. All of the transport is provided for free.

    As they have done in the past…

  • whoops

    Black taxis waiting for half time vo(mi)ting…

    read that one a little too fast

  • BTW, there is nothing remotely unusual in any of this.

  • Bog warrior

    nmc & Sammy M

    Agreed. This is a non-story. Maybe its just a reflection of the low key nature of this election campaign.

  • páid

    taxi drivers like watching football matches also

    oh nakamura
    wo-oh nakamura
    he eats chow mein
    he votes sinn féin
    at halftime in a game against milan

  • fred

    so sinn fein’s typical voter, typical enough to be ferried to the polls that is, is one of those close-cropped, hooped-shirted, educationally subnormal, socially inadequate thugs that infest castle street these days? either that or morons who watch drivel like coronation street – was it for this the wild geese fled?

  • GavBelfast

    And no time for a late full-time dash now, either!

    This could go either way.

    😉

  • Sean Og

    Extra time. No late rush to the polls in West Belfast?

  • sean og

    “was it for this the wild geese fled?”

    Maybe they could see what was coming?

  • Crataegus

    Fred

    was it for this the wild geese fled?

    If they were here today they would probably decide to be on the first boat out!

  • Penelope

    yanno..it’s this going round the estates ticking off the names of who goes to the polls that I find disturbing as someone looking in from the outside. It’s one thing to offer transport and encourge voter turnout but what I’ve read smacks of *big brother* intimidation to me.

    In a free, democratic society who one votes for or even if they bother to vote at all is no-one else’s business but their own.