I’m the only man alive who didn’t notice Gemma..

OK I admit it. Sexism and ageism or whatever. Being the right age, I knew all about Belfast’s own crooning idol Ronnie Carroll as one of 25 standing against David Davis in his by-election bid to wake up Britain to a slow erosion of civil rights under Labour.

I’ve since woken up to the fact that Davis faces a double Belfast whammy, with Ronnie joined in the candidate list by Ulster and now Great Britain beauty Queen Gemma Garrett. Not that my old Westminster colleague, the waspish Quentin Letts in the Mail is much impressed ( though the pic is kinda sweet in an old-fashioned way, don’t you think?).

And I should’ve noticed the warning from my friend Lindy McDowell in the Bel Tel, with her sharp nose for humbug.

What is it about Belfast min-celebs and their agents, that they think English politics is good PR?

  • billie-Joe Remarkable

    Your friend Lindy has a sharp nose for humbug? Not that sharp, she’s been at the Telegraph for years!!

  • BirminghamBorn&Bred;

    How can Gemma Garrett be Miss Great Britain when she’s not even from Great Britain?!! We’ll have all the colonies competing next: prepare for Miss GB, born in Bangalore, Brisbane or Ballymena!!

  • Rory

    Good job Labour isn’t fielding a candidate as it means we may be spared Ronnie singing a parody of his minor hit of yesteryear: “Rosettes are Red, My Love…”.

    I met the mother of Ronnie’s former wife, Millicent Martin in a French bar off Charing X Road a few years ago. Charming woman, very lively. I will not recount our conversation here but I was reminded of it this morning while listening to a radio profile of Vladimir Putin where we learned that the mother of Putin’s opponent for the presidency choose to vote for Putin rather than her son in the election.

    Pity that Ruby Murray is not still with us. Now she could simply have sung her way to a landslide victory against all comers. If you don’t believe me listen to this:

  • Surely the one candidate who deserves an audience is Jill Saward.

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Errrm, Brian, I mentioned Gemma in the second comment of your original post back on June 27.

    *sniff*