“It is time that the media..identify where the problem lies and expose them for it.

In yet another sign of the growing angst within the DUP at the party’s failure to control the narrative (and entire local media agenda) regarding the deterioration of relations at Stormont, the DUP leader has used his televised speech to articulate the party’s desperation/ frustration at the inability to control the media’s presentation of events (though, as noted here, some on Slugger have been decidedly more generous to the DUP than elsewhere in ‘the mainstream’.) In a speech in which Robinson presented a rather fantastical image of ‘dark’ days when Sinn Fein apparently ruled the roost during the Ulster Unionist era, Robinson also accused those of leaving the party a la Jim Allister of “deserting the battlefield.” Ironically, the BBC decision to broadcast the speech appears itself to have been a concession to the DUP pressure of late, albeit one which Sinn Fein and the other parties will expect reciprocation of during their respective party conferences.

  • Robinson’s speech encourages republicans to come into the city centre of Belfast tomorrow “so they can see what a real army looks like”.

    Hmmm… very statesmanlike.

  • Chris Donnelly

    Danny
    Particularly given the presence of families of people killed by that ‘real’ army at the protest.

    Indeed, if the remarks were made by republicans in a ‘flip case’ scenario, we’d not likely hear the end of it…

  • ??

    Danny
    Particularly given the presence of families of people killed by that ‘real’ army at the protest.

    Indeed, if the remarks were made by republicans in a ‘flip case’ scenario, we’d not likely hear the end of it…

    Posted by Chris Donnelly on Nov 01, 2008 @ 01:17 PM
    ….

    Funny that are no protests from nationailsts about the IRA/SF who murdered hundreds of catholics, but then again bigotry is blind

  • With the kind of rubbish that robinson is spouting its easy to see why he was number two material for so long.
    The warm up guy that cannot cut it as the main act.

  • GavBelfast

    BBC Northern Ireland has already said it will be broadcasting and webcasting live coverage of the conferences of the four main parties in Northern Ireland – the DUP’s just happens to be the first one on the rota.