Opposition Parliamentarian of the Year

The numerology at TheyWorkForYou might have suggested otherwise [He’s an occasional rebel!? – Ed] but the votes, for The House magazine’s Parliamentary Awards, are in… and opposition parliamentarian of the year, as voted for by his peers in both Houses, is.. *drum roll* the DUP leader, Ian Paisley.

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  • Not revealed by TheyWorkForYou, Dr Paisley is 627th out of the 646 MPs in terms of actual attendances at Westminster during this term.

    Absence has obviously made the heart fonder.

  • Yokel

    Makes perfect sense O’Neill

  • Oilibhear Chromaill

    seeing as it’s Britvic Orange which is sponsoring the drinks reception, it does indeed make perfect sense that Ian Paisley wins an award…..

  • pith

    An insignificant award. There used to be (perhaps there still is) a Spectator award for Parliamentarian of the Year. Had some sort of kudos.

  • DC

    Under numerology:

    ‘This MP’s speeches are understandable to an average 15–16 year old, going by the Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level score.’

    Well he is the master of rhetoric and manipulation but I think Theyworkforyou needs to qualify what they take to mean as the ‘average’ 15-16yo.

    Therefore, I wonder what the average age of the Paisley voter is? A combination of senile elderly perhaps (who are known degenerate into juvenile behaviour) and perhaps swathes of ignorant young ethnic-hicks, either way – the simpler you keep things, particularly in NI, the better chance you have of succeeding with your target audience.

    No, never, yes; no, never, yes; no, never, yes.

    Certainly not!; yes certainly; certainly not!; yes certainly.

  • Ulster will be right!!!!

    Fantastic recognition for the leader of Ulster. He has led his people to the banks of the River Jordan and lo he has led us across. We stand on the brink of an independent Protestant Ulster which will bear testimony to the struggles of our fore-fathers.

    NO SURRENDER! NOT AN INCH!

  • When i read that my jaw dropped in shock. Oh my God, seriously. He didn’t do anything that shouldn’t have been done 40 years ago. he spends his life rallying people against compromise and peace, and now that the deal is right for him he gives in. I don’t hate him but i don’t think he deserves much credit, and certainly not Opposition Parlimentarian of the year, then again, you can’t expect Westminster MP’s to get it

  • Dev

    Surely the opposition parliamentarian of the year should be someone who actually takes the govt. to task over thorny issues of the day? Wouldn’t Ahgus MacNeil, the SNP MP who made the complaint to the police which kicked off the whole cash for honours thing, be a more deserving recipient?

  • RSR

    If there was an award for “lundy of the year” it would go to Dr. Paisley as well!!

  • TAFKABO

    F*ck the begrudgers.

  • Token Dissent

    If Paisley wasn’t extraordinarily egotistical and hadn’t such a tenuous grip on reality, he would feel utterly patronised by this award. His recent contributions to ‘debate’ in Westminster have been vomit-inducing in their cringe-worthiness. Self-congratulatory, deluded attempts at playing the statesman. But he will see this as more evidence that he was right all-along…well whatever helps him sleep at night.

  • Rory

    Interesting that he has been awarded this title in the very year that he has finally come to heel and done precisely what was demanded by the government (with the opposition parties in full compliance).

    Seems a good opposition leader is one who recognises that he must obey his masters in government or the game is up. Full marks then for political astuteness overriding principle..

  • gareth mccord

    yes a true politician, a man of his word?

  • q oneill

    oneill

    “Not revealed by TheyWorkForYou, Dr Paisley is 627th out of the 646 MPs in terms of actual attendances at Westminster during this term.

    Absence has obviously made the heart fonder. ”

    if this were true then Gerry Adams MP would have won by a long mile

  • Sean

    like most people have always suspected

    Paisley is most effective when hes not around

  • if this were true then Gerry Adams MP would have won by a long mile

    Q
    Not possible for him to enter – Gerry was one of the judges.

  • TAFKABO

    I thought Gerry didn’t like to be Judge, unless he could be Jury and Executioner as well?

  • Sean

    Tafkabo

    No Gerry likes to leave the executions to the loayalist/ruc death squads

  • TAFKABO

    Very poor comeback, no wonder you guys lost, you were firing blanks.

  • No Gerry likes to leave the executions to the loayalist/ruc death squads

    Gerry was the judge and jury and got the loyalists and the RUC “death-squads” to carry out the verdict?

    Just to clarify, I’ve no clue if Gerry was a judge on this award or not. But since May 8th, Big Ian is his best mate and Gerry’s also well in with the British establishment, so it’s not that unthinkable.

  • Sean

    I never said there were loyalist and RUC death squads I said there were Loyalist/RUC combined death squads. Collusion ain’t it grand

  • Liam

    Paisley is a useless MP in terms of actually showing up and contributing. He should never have gotten this, Norman Baker and Angus MacNeil are far more deserving.