“A joint card with McGuinness would be a serious political liability..”

Confirmation that, despite the imagery of that US tour, there will be no joint christmas card from the First and deputy First Ministers, although they may issue cards separately through their own parties. When the BBC’s Mark Devenport noted that possibility on his blog in November his DUP sources told him that “their leader does Christmas “full on”, but does not want to waste money on departmental cards when he has already purchased his own party and constituency cards.” That’s not what, presumably, other DUP sources told Alan Murray.

But senior DUP sources say that even in his own personal capacity, Ian Paisley doesn’t appreciate the Christmas card tradition. “It’s the ‘mass’ bit that he doesn’t like. The association with anything smacking of a Catholic mass is anathema to him.

“A joint card with McGuinness would be a serious political liability. Imagine how ex-IRA prisoners would exploit a card with Ian’s signature on it,” a close colleague explained.

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  • Dewi

    If Dawkins is about I reckon a draft could change their minds….

  • Pete Baker

    Sorry, Dewi, but I’m at a loss as to what you meant by that comment.

  • dewi

    Sorry – I reckon you could design a Christmas card from the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister that would keep them both happy – or if not that at least give us a laugh…

  • Pete Baker

    Try to focus on the actual detail, dewi.. rather than any imaginary detail.

  • susan

    Hi , dewi, hi pete, nollaig shona daoibh:

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=EWjl80WFBzY

  • dewi

    Apologies – I thought this was a thread that asked for funny stuff – obviously not – I’ll stick to dragons.

  • Mark McGregor

    If Robbo hears about the cut price delivery charges Martin can get expect the big Ian to change his mind quickly.

  • Briso

    Posted by dewi on Dec 11, 2007 @ 12:34 AM
    Apologies – I thought this was a thread that asked for funny stuff – obviously not – I’ll stick to dragons.

    No, Dewi, this is deadly serious stuff. “Imagine how ex-IRA prisoners would exploit a card with Ian’s signature on it.” An appalling vista.

  • susan

    Briso, we never realised what was at stake.

    I apologise Pete. Without access to the Independent and actual details, I could only, ahem, future that if any proposed card were to be approved it would be a case of ave marias, line dancing reindeer, scantily clad santa girls out, mountains of mourne in.

    In penance I promise to spend the rest of the day agog at my subtle insights challenging old assumptions, just as soon as someone arrives in the thread to tell me what they might be.

    I am sorry Pete. I didn’t mean to be inappropriate, I just thought people seemed a little tense.