Robinson shuffles

The long awaited Robinson reshuffle has arrived. Edwin Poots seems to be the main casualty being dropped as culture minister. As predicted Nigel Dodds has been promoted to finance minister, Arlene Foster moves to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and Sammy Wilson becomes Enviroment minister.

  • Ahem

    While Pootsie was a.) far more often right than wrong when it came to dealing with *his* portfolio & b.) suicidally honest (as far as both the Punt and the civil service were concerned), this seems to me at any rate to be a stronger DUP team. And certainly, for what depressingly little it’s worth, it’s a team stronger than any other party’s ministerial slate/singleton.

  • Danny O’Connor

    Putting Sammy in the DOE ministerial role,could be likened to putting Ghengis Khan in charge of childcare.
    As I see it this is a reward for assisting in the not so secret coup.

  • ZoonPol

    I put £10 on the National Stadium being built in East Londonderry ;);)
    Seriously let’s all pick new Ministers that are supposed to be full-time MPs too – NOT. Conflict of interests anyone?

  • Driftwood

    No surprise Poots was booted back in to obscurity. How he ever got in to office????
    None of this will make the slightest difference to anyone’s life here. Deckchairs on Titanic.

  • PeaceandJustice

    The problem with Poots was that he supported a Maze project which included a terrorist shrine – just because it was in his area. That’s not acceptable to the greater number of people in Northern Ireland and he had to go. Going forward, more recognition needs to be given to football and the IFA. Rugby has Ravenhill; the terrorist linked GAA has Casement Park among others; football in Northern Ireland deserves equal treatment and any stadium shouldn’t have to be linked to a terrorist shrine or a terrorist linked organisation like the GAA.

  • Mission accomplished Agent Poots- without your sterling undercover work without a doubt we’d have had the White Elephant Stadium.

  • Steve

    P&J;you seem to know nothing about P&J;and an equal amount about T&J;

  • Peace&Justice;Your claims about the GAA are silly and unfounded. You should not mind the mote in your neighbours eye and look after the beam in your own- even if some clubs are named after IRA leaders of the War of Independence era, that’s ancient history you’re talking about. To be consistent, you should object with the office of the Mayor of London over the erection of a statue of Nelson Mandela, once described as a terrorist, in Trafalgar Square.

    Furthermore, if the iFA were judged by its supporters, it would be an active terrorist organisation with the supporters of various clubs being openly aligned to one unionist paramilitary group or another. We all remember the unedifying scenes at an IFA cup final when supporters attacked each other with knives at, if I recall correctly, was a time of an unionist terrorist feud.

  • As for Poots, no Irish speaker will be sad to see his back. Of course his replacement is no better and probably a great deal more ignorant, given his anti Irish language outburst following the successful nomination of Robinson as co-equal member of the Office of First and Deputy First Minister with Martin McGuinness. Not exactly evidence that he’s approaching his new portfolio with an open mind and something that could come back to haunt him in the event of a successful court challenge to the DUP’s illegitimate vetoing of the Irish Language Act and Poots’ axing of the Irish Language Broadcast Fund.

    It’s a case of Tweedle Dum being replaced by Tweedle Dumber.

  • Peat Blog

    Norn Iron is now run by the Swiss Family Robinson – they like to hoard public money for themselves and are all cuckoo!

  • ggn

    COL,

    “no Irish speaker will be sad to see his back”

    I am. He was a perfect, oponent. A caraciture, and lacking in ability.

    Gregory Campbell (< Gaeilc, Caimbeul 'twisted mouth') will be a ruthless oponent motivate to damge the Irish language as much a he possibly can.Bring it on I say, but it is out of the frying pan and into the fire.

  • Peat Blog

    If Boris can do it in London why not our Shammy in Norn Iron?

    Perhaps the DUP Politburo misread his CV – they thought he was a naturalist…

  • flycatcher

    Can we expect to see Gregory at a GAA game any time soon? Maybe he’ll get his old pasting table out of his car Boot and flog some rosettes and souvenirs a la the oul’ days of his wee orange stall at Rossnowlagh.
    Just like his new boss, Peter, Gregory was always happy to deal in Punts , when the occasion suited.

  • McGrath

    The role of Minister for the Environment requires a basic understanding of technology and some measure of intelligence. The role of Culture Minister would require possession of a Soul.

    Sadly these attributes glare by their omission in these two appointees. I think this is an attempt to make governance in NI look as ridiculous as possible.

  • picador

    Oh Gregory has a soul all right – it belongs to Jesus. As for his idea of culture, well that would be walking round Derry’s walls in fancy dress or watching the Gers on TV. Cretin! The DUP are the antithesis of culture!

  • observer

    #

    Oh Gregory has a soul all right – it belongs to Jesus. As for his idea of culture, well that would be walking round Derry’s walls in fancy dress or watching the Gers on TV. Cretin! The DUP are the antithesis of culture!
    Posted by picador on Jun 09, 2008 @ 08:54 PM

    Yes , lets put up a few more shrines to dead terrorists, and someone put on the fiddly dee music.

  • lorraine

    picador
    that was cruel, just because he believes in God, a walk in fancy dress and watching the Gers doesn’t make him a less person; his politics are a bit extreme alright but supporting a football team should never be seen as a mark of extremism in any quarter. nor a walk in fancy dress – in appropriate circumstances…

  • WindsorRocker

    [i]even if some clubs are named after IRA leaders of the War of Independence era, that’s ancient history you’re talking about.
    Posted by Concubhar O Liatháin on Jun 09, 2008 @ 07:19 PM[/i]

    Hmmm, I studied that period in Irish history and I have to say that I never heard of a Kevin Lynch who was involved in the 1921 conflict…..

    The reality is that the GAA comes from the nationalist community, a large portion of whom were all for what happened here over 30 years.
    In football there are clubs that came from a “unionist” background but they would never have got away with naming their clubs in such a way.

  • ribeye

    Gregory’s discerning cultural highpoints;-

    Music -Wet, Wet, Wet and Tina Turner.
    Sculpture-‘Lordie’ and Hardy statues on drive way.
    Local North-West Sport-Glasgow Rangers
    ‘National’ Sport-Glasgow Rangers
    Classical Music- The Auld Orange Flute
    Fashion-A pair of tartan trousers and a wee tartan hat.
    Theatre-come again, boss?
    Cinema-Confessions of a Teddy Bear
    TV-The Krankies, Jimmy Young and Noddy (as a tribute to his ministerial predecessor)

  • PeaceandJustice

    Conor – “even if some clubs are named after IRA leaders of the War of Independence era, that’s ancient history you’re talking about.”

    There are many examples of clubs and competitions named after Republican death squad leaders from the recent ‘Troubles’. All funded by the Government without any equality impact assessment. As Gregory Campbell has said in the recent past, the GAA has to decide whether it is a sporting or a quasi-political organisation.

    The new minister needs to get funding equality for the Ulster-British community and also needs to tackle the bias in the media e.g. the BBC NI website seems to be run by Irish Language lobby.

  • Steve

    P&J;I doubt very much that the ulster british community wants equal funding with the GAA they wouldnt like the cuts

  • joeCanuck

    Talk about giving a man a chance. A couple of these characters haven’t even got their legs under the table and already they’re being decried.

  • McGrath

    Talk about giving a man a chance. A couple of these characters haven’t even got their legs under the table and already they’re being decried.

    Posted by joeCanuck on Jun 09, 2008 @ 10:23 PM

    Being the Minister of Culture would require among other things, keeping an open mind about Culture. One would think it would be a job prerequisite, unfortunately is missing from Mr Campbell’s CV.

    The Culture Ministry needs to go to someone other than a member of the DUP or SF. I’m guessing the DUP strategy to to make sure the issue goes no where and I’m certain Mr Campbell will do an outstanding job of exactly that.

  • PeaceandJustice

    Steve – “I doubt very much that the ulster british community wants equal funding with the GAA they wouldnt like the cuts”

    Ah, Steve the terrorist supporter who claims to be Canadian but comments about every minute detail of life in Ulster.

    The funding issue is a serious matter. We can’t have a terrorist linked group like the GAA getting large amounts of funding while everyone else has to prove how cross-community they are. The Ulster-British community is a poor second cousin when it comes to funding. Time for equality.

    joeCanuck – “Talk about giving a man a chance. A couple of these characters haven’t even got their legs under the table and already they’re being decried.”

    It’s the usual nonsense from the usual suspects. The sort of people who think ‘Cat Ruin’ is doing a good job.

  • The reality is that the GAA comes from the nationalist community, a large portion of whom were all for what happened here over 30 years.
    In football there are clubs that came from a “unionist” background but they would never have got away with naming their clubs in such a way.

    Ha ha. Gee, to read Windsor Rocker’s contribution, you would think that unionist terror groups and death squads had nothing to do with the troubles of the last 30 years – except starting them with the killing of Peter Ward and killing the first policeman, Victor Arbuckle. And what about the unionists in paramilitary garb marching the street in 1974 as if they owned the place. And they did it again in 2000. Windsor Rocker, unionists have as much blood on their hands as the other community and they have no reason to feel holier than thou.


    The new minister needs to get funding equality for the Ulster-British community and also needs to tackle the bias in the media e.g. the BBC NI website seems to be run by Irish Language lobby.

    What drugs are you taking Peace and Justice? I didn’t realise there were drugs which caused you to hallucinate the Irish language where it isn’t or to invent in your fevered imaginings this ‘Ulster British’ Community? Is it Narnia you’re thinking out?

  • kultur-vulture

    Now if there was journalist worth their salary in this hole perhaps they might like to ask Mr Campbell some culture related questions lets get it started; favourite piece of music, theatre, art (or form but maybe that might stretch him too far), venue, novel, poet, verse, piece of sculpture etc etc. etc.

    Unfortunately I suspect and I know it is judging early but he would turn out to be a mono-dimensional loon. He’d be seen for what he is a party cipher and place man and would illustrate the governmental abdication of the DUP ministries e.g. envrionment council – campbell is a stooge and place man to halt and wreck any form of non gospel hall approved sham.

  • pacman

    Is that the same Ulster British community that the British refer to as Sponging Paddies?

    Your community is a poor second cousin when it comes to funding because our community accesses it better. Hence the reason for PUL funding where you get funded for just for being yourselves – and laughably, Section 75-compliant.

    It must be hard realising that you are no longer dominant and have to live as equals.

  • Dewi

    “The Culture Ministry needs to go to someone other than a member of the DUP or SF”

    Yep – that Lo lady ?

  • Greagoir O Frainclin

    Woo hoo, what a fine bunch of fellows the DUP are. Some great reshuffling by Peter.

    Definitely, it has to be said that they are a tour de force in NI politics now. Fans of the TUV will be flocking back in droves.

    Peter the Rock on which the party is now built, Iris his wife with her deep religious convictions and beliefs – Magdalene of Christ, Gregory, a sports fanatic, he can now pursue his dream of an NI rugby team as well as an NI cricket team, and an NI whatever else team, etc…and Sammy, keen horticulturist, and flora and fauna expert.

    Great Stuff!

  • It’s interesting that Peter Robinson didn’t feel the need to make a nod to the Free P wing of the party by appointing Willie McCrea as a Minister. That’s a calculated risk; I wonder did the DUP’s need for a European candidate capable of slaying Jim Allister figure in the calculation?

  • DC

    Ah Ed Poots is gone to be replaced by Gregory Campbell with his higher state of ‘finer’ fundamentalism.

  • observer

    Just build the catholics a few more shrines to terrorists ,that`ll keep them happy. Maybe A fish supper sculpture would be a fitting way to remember wee bobby sands

  • nineteensixtyseven

    One has to ask what qualifications Campbell and Wilson have with regards to their respective ministerial briefs. Maybe Sammy will make annoying ‘Green fascists’ a stated policy objective.

  • joeCanuck

    The only qualifications required are that you be an elected MP and that your party boss feels that you are up to it.
    Some appointments turn out to be absolute disasters, of course, as evidenced by Ministers from more than one party. If they’re not up to it, they should be replaced as soon as that becomes apparent.
    Mind you, there are sometimes favours to be repaid or expected future benefit, and that can reduce a party leader’s room for manoeuvre.

  • Danny O’Connor

    observer,you could see better if you took the blinkers off.It is not a Catholic thing to have shrines to terrorists any more than it is a Protestant thing to paint gable walls with such memorials to the likes of Billy Wright.
    They are done by people who have little or no belief in God or in his Laws.

  • McKelvey

    It’s interesting that Peter Robinson didn’t feel the need to make a nod to the Free P wing of the party by appointing Willie McCrea as a Minister. That’s a calculated risk; I wonder did the DUP’s need for a European candidate capable of slaying Jim Allister figure in the calculation?
    Posted by Sammy Morse on Jun 09, 2008 @ 11:26 PM

    Perhaps because Gregory Campbell is a Free P.? Moreover, Willie McCrea may prove to be too much of an embarrassment?

  • Driftwood

    They are done by people who have little or no belief in God or in his Laws.
    By Danny O Connor

    Didn’t realise you were such an uneducated fanatic Danny. Obviously Science wasn’t your best subject at GCSE/O Level? And it is obvious A level and University was beyond you.
    Google Charles Darwin, and get an education beyond what you have been spoonfed since birth, There is always the Open University. But being a British Institution, it’s probably a tool of MI5 to transform gaels into Brits.

  • macdonald

    Kill them all.

  • RepublicanStones

    Gregory Campbell in charge of culture, bit like gettin Mel Gibson to organise a Bar Mitzvah.

  • Harry Flashman

    Right, we have all agreed that DUP ministers are nothing more than glorified parish pump hucksters with no greater world view than an arthritic Galapagos tortoise.

    Now let’s see the shining intellectual giants put forward for office by Sinn Fein.

    This will be fun.

  • picador

    Caitriona Ruane would potentially make a decent Minister for Culture.

    She organised a festival which was moderately successful in drawing international artists to ‘unfashionable’ west Belfast; she is multi-lingual (which at least implies that she appreciates other cultures); and she would be welcome at Pride!

  • Danny O’Connor

    Driftwood
    I was talking about terrorists in reply to observer who seemed to be inferring that all Catholics supported terrorism,I merely ponted out that terrorists ,who caused so much suffering ,were not doing it in the name of religion,either Catholicism or Protestantism.
    I am not pretending to be an intellectual ,but it is apparent that English is not one of your better subjects.Gael ,being a proper noun should have a capital leter.
    I can take flak ,I am not the one who is afraid to put their name to their posts.

  • ReverendWillie

    It is not a Catholic thing to have shrines to terrorists any more than it is a Protestant thing to paint gable walls with such memorials to the likes of Billy Wright.

    They are done by people who have little or no belief in God or in his Laws.

    ‘An eye for an eye. A tooth for a tooth’

    Billy Wright was a man of religion. Sniff, sniff.

  • ZoonPol

    First: I am raising my bet that the new national stadium will be in East Londonderry.

    Second: We note another comparison between Sinn Féin and the DUP Ministers in that many should both be representing their constituents in Parliament notwithstanding the fact that the former refuses to go on a point of principle whereas the latter ….

    Third: It’s understandable that Alderman Poots ex CAL Minister supported the Maze as he was councillor for the ward where it’s situated, but what is the junior minister’s position as he represents Lagan Valley as MP & MLA – and is Alderman for south Lisburn?

    Forth: How can a person who is a councillor, MLA, MP and minister do a good job for all and do themselves justice at the same time? Thank God, that legislation is coming into force that will kill these multiple mandated ethically deluded people – why is it always the unionists?

  • againstthehead

    I wonder if SF will use this as an opportunity to get rid of their own dead wood?

  • ZoonPol

    Was Foster not moved to distance herself from the Sweeney affair that she was minded to give the go ahead for and Poots was dropped for he did not have enough culture to realise that evolution implies that that is where life started.
    Sinn Féin were, still and are on song.

  • DK

    ATH: “I wonder if SF will use this as an opportunity to get rid of their own dead wood?”

    lol – I wonder who you could be referring to!!!!

  • willowfield

    Furthermore, if the iFA were judged by its supporters, it would be an active terrorist organisation with the supporters of various clubs being openly aligned to one unionist paramilitary group or another.

    First we have sectarian personal abuse and unfounded personal allegations on a Gaelic language thread, now we have more scandalous sectarian allegations, this time against football supporters. This Concubhar character is surely skating on thin ice?

  • malteser

    “It’s interesting that Peter Robinson didn’t feel the need to make a nod to the Free P wing of the party by appointing Willie McCrea as a Minister.”

    And him with an honorary degree and all…

  • Bigger Picture

    “Thank God, that legislation is coming into force that will kill these multiple mandated ethically deluded people”

    What legislation?

    “why is it always the unionists? ”

    Because you lot decide that Westminster is too scary, hence why Brown told you to piss off last friday as the DUP were more valuable to him support wise at the big house. Are Sinn Fein exec members who are also MP’s therefore not on double mandates eg McGuinness, Gildernew and Murphy? Suspiciously like one if you ask me. They have two jobs and they are therefore in the same boat.

    Sammy Morse

    A candidate for the Euro election in who they left out or who they included in the Executive? Maybe this was all to boost Wilson’s CV before a run as opposed to leaving Poots out in order for him to run?

    Why the need to crush JA anyway he has to sell himself now, why not just sit back and enjoy the car crash?!

  • gram

    willowfield >>First we have sectarian personal abuse and unfounded personal allegations on a Gaelic language thread, now we have more scandalous sectarian allegations, this time against football supporters. This Concubhar character is surely skating on thin ice<

  • gram

    DUP Kulture Ministerial Application Form

    1. Are you an MP?

    2. Do you have a pinstripe suit?

    3. Can you pish straight and without splashing the trousers of item referrred to in question 2?

    Training on how to find the Lyric Theatre will be provided to the successful applicant.

  • fenian bastard

    Now listen here orangies:

    Ahem:

    1.mná is plural (or genitive, but I wouldn’t expect you to know that)

    2. Concubhar is entitled to his name, or else we’ll be shortening yours to that of an effeminate Norwegian pop group.

    Willow:

    You would never have used the metaphor of skating on thin ice if you’d ever met Concubhar

    Harry Flashman:

    Good point. But potential Shinners who can think are weeded out by the organization. Whereas DUP politicians genuinely are their community’s thinkers. Which of us should be more worried?

  • ZoonPol

    Using Peter Robinson as an example:

    From Members’ pay, pensions
    and allowances
    he receives a full parliamentary salary (£61,820) but a reduced salary of one-third of the full rate in respect of their membership of the other
    assembly – £10,606, but does this also apply to being a Minister within the Stormont Executive?

    Incidental Expenses Allowance (IEP) Maximum of £22,193

    Therefore all dual mandate Ministers have the potential to rake in as much as £94,616 gross – more if you include one’s family!
    Next stop Stormont for me!

  • picador

    Ahem,

    Did I mention that the bean speaks Irish? Maybe she does, maybe she doesn’t. I do know that she speaks Spanish. It could be that she is tri-lingual. And she can play tennis as well.

    Wow, there are other languages out there! Does Gregory know!?

  • ZoonPol

    Is that right or have erred?

  • Poor Ahem, he goes to all the trouble of remembering the word he saw on the loo door, complete with fada and ye lot slate him!

    Fair play to you, Ahem, for at least trying!

    Béir bua, a mhic.

  • Hogan

    Any journo’s out there fancy asking what our Environment minister’s opinion is on a mining company wanting to rip up one of the glen heads in Glenarm?

    Watch this space lads!

  • ZoonPol

    If ever you hear him say, ‘he is minded‘ then look out Hogan.

  • Ahem

    Ah dearie me, the welcoming hand of outreach of the fluent ‘Irish’ speakers. Clearly the Conster’s techniques for winning hearts and minds are not his alone, to nearly coin a phrase, in English.

    My apologies though for forgetting about Ruane’s Hispanic abilities. My point, in relation to yours Picador, still stands though – indeed, becomes if anything more marked. You’ve adduced proficiency in a language other than English as evidence of cultural insight. Care to share with us what her ability to speak English says about the Cat’s regard for that aspect of *her*, your and my cultural inheritance?

  • Shore Road Resident

    Wash your neocolonialist mouth out, Picador.
    As Ruane famously said herself, she does not speak Spanish. She speaks Nicaraguan.

    Mind you, how difficult is it to learn another language when all you ever say is “I believe in equality”?

  • Bigger Picture

    “assembly – £10,606, but does this also apply to being a Minister within the Stormont Executive”

    Being in the Executive is slightly different from just being an MLA therefore I don’t think it would. However the Exec is far busier than any individual MLA so I would expect them to get paid more. It is a market economy after all you need some incentive!

  • picador

    As Ruane famously said herself, she does not speak Spanish. She speaks Nicaraguan.

    Oh dear, that’s sad. It’s the equivalent of saying ‘I dinnae spake Inglish, I spake Oolster Scats’

    I wonder does she use the form ‘vos’ instead of ‘tu’.

  • ersehole

    Horseman,

    You are correct. Ahem correctly puts a fada on the a in mná.

    As opposed to your own post, which incorrectly puts a fada on the e in beir.

  • … As opposed to your own post, which incorrectly puts a fada on the e in beir.

    Hey, are you questioning my dialect? Beir uaim, I say! beir ar duit!

  • darth rumsfeld

    The scary thing is that this now frees Plug up for the consolation prize of a European seat. Pootsie in Strasbourg- that really would be a national embarassment!