Culture Vulture Campbell takes on Dido

Having apparently taken a rest from his foray into Scottish football, DCAL Minister, Gregory Campbell, has launched an attack on singer Dido for (wait for it) including a couple of lines from a ‘rebel’ song in one of the songs on her album. The song lyrics (here) are apparently too much for Gregory, who wants the daughter of an Irish publisher (with Irish roots, no less) to “clarify her position so that her fans and the wider public knows where she stands on these things.”

  • pith

    How does he know?

  • Strangely enough, a comment I posted to the Mail website pointing out the fact, that none of those lifted and interned without charge or trial in Operation Motorman was deemed worthy of inclusion on their forum. It seems that the Mail on Sunday isn’t game to publish a contrary view, even when it concerns the false imprisonment of British citizens by British troops…..

  • Justin

    It’s almost like every other problem has gone away and we’re left to just confront such things as this inanity.

    I guess the Loyalist paramilitaries have given up their guns?

    The drugs dealers are well off the streets?

    Justice is restored?

    Or better yet, let’s ignore all the REAL problems and concentrate on this rubbish. Mr. Campbell you should be ashamed of yourself for wasting valuable time.

  • picador


    I think you have got your operations mixed up:
    Demetrius – 9th August 1971
    Motorman – 31st July 1972

    Crooked Mouth Campbell should be placed in a padded cell.

    Still, I’m sure Dido is happy for the publicity.

  • graduate

    I’m just surprised that the Minister’s heard of Dido. Time some of our politicos got on with the job of making NI work. This kind of thing just makes DUP sound as loopy as Jim Allister and Willie Fraser. I had hoped, in vain obviously, that we were moving beyond this sort of nonsense.

  • pith

    ‘Still, I’m sure Dido is happy for the publicity.’

    Yes and Starbucks etc have a new cd to play.

  • Mark McGregor

    Being a music fan I’m almost inclined to agree with anyone criticising ‘Dido’ no matter how stupid the reason. And the fact the original song part funded the launch of the travesty that is now the Belfast Media Group doesn’t make me any more inclined to leap to the song’s defence.

    However, we do have to accept reality – it is an anti-internment song, end of. It is not a republican or IRA song and any idiot that thinks it is would clearly be living a life of wilful ignorance based on assumed prejudice. Step forward Mr Campbell and the Daily Mail and receive your awards.

  • Lidl Richard

    NI work?

    What does this mean?

  • Danny O’Connor

    Gregory is pissed off,big deal,he goes out of his way to be offended.Could anyone remember how many unionists have been interned?errr nil-correct.

  • The Raven

    Where will this all end?? And there was Duke Special singing of Ulster Days and suchlike at the end of his gig last week! Outrageous!

    Actually, I find it more outrageous that people still vote for these outmoded, outdated dinosaurs.

    Please stop doing it, whoever is responsible.

  • The Raven

    Och Danny. You had to go and spoil it.

  • OC

    “Could anyone remember how many unionists have been interned?errr nil-correct.”

    Not Correct. Feel better?

  • Belfast Gonzo

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure it’s not correct either. Though it was still somewhat skewed…

  • Ulsters my homeland

    is there never any end to the Irish singing about their oppression? when will they stop MOPEing about how badly their terrorist supporting ghettos got treated?.

  • dub


    You are starting to have an obsession with Britishness…. why don’t go and join Posh Boy’s new look ulster unionist party?

  • According to CAIN:

    no Protestants were arrested (the first Protestant internees were detained on 2 February 1973)

    So, Protestant internees but no subsequent arrests.

  • The Raven

    …which bear a lot of relevance to the topic, so ably spun out of orbit several posts ago. Sigh.

  • picador

    Perhaps Gregory is suffering from PSTD? Otherwise he’s just plain mad!

    With regard to the internment of loyalists (which Yank has already referred to) I believe that Vanguard, in concert with paramilitaries, organised a day of action (i.e. intimidation) in response and that several people were murdered. But don’t remind Reg Empey cos it was a long time ago.

  • lee

    ‘With regard to the internment of loyalists (which Yank has already referred to) I believe that Vanguard, in concert with paramilitaries, organised a day of action (i.e. intimidation) in response and that several people were murdered. But don’t remind Reg Empey cos it was a long time ago.’

    Sammy McCreary and William Halsall were the first unionists interned (after their questioning over the sectarian murder of a Catholic). Empey and the boys had no regrets over the 5 deaths, several woundings, bombings, arson and intimidation that followed the Vabguard ‘protest’.

  • Pigeon Toes

    And he is not just nnoyed with her for having one song, in a really irritating whine (no pun intended)

  • picador

    Internment introduced (again): 9th August 1971
    First loyalists interned: 2 February 1973
    Last 46 internees released: 5th December 1975

    Total number interned during this period: 1,981
    Number of republicans held: 1,874
    Number of loyalists held: 107
    Number of Didos held: 0

  • Diluted Orange

    … meanwhile, those in Republican circles also had a go at Dido, for her pro-loyalist lyrics.

    Spokesman P O’Neill stated,

    “Dido should come clean and be honest about her affiliation to loyalist terrorist groups. It is obvious to anyone who listens to her ‘White Flag’ song

    (which contains the lines:
    “There’ll be no white flag above my door,
    I won’t put my hands up and surrender.” )

    that she is in fact showing her support for loyalist terror by effectively using their slogan ‘No Surrender’ in her songs.”

  • The Reincarnation of Paul Revere’s Horse

    Someone mentioned Starbucks, I think thats where Gregory Campbell should find employment because he is F-all use in his current position.

    It reminds of the time Tipper Gore hauled a load of rock stars up before a commitee in the 80’s.

    To quote Dee Snider:
    “Ms. Gore was looking for sadomasochism and bondage, and she found it. “the only sadomasochism, bondage, and rape in this song is in the mind of Ms. Gore.”

    Rather then interpreting what lyrics mean in the context of the song Gregory found what he wanted to hear and refuses to hear it as part of the overall meaning of the song.

  • ggn

    “he is F-all use in his current position”

    Surely he is doing exactly what he is supposed to be doing?

  • cut the bull

    Dido is re relasing white flag for Greg

    White flag

    I know you think that I shouldn’t sing about internment or tell you that
    but If I didn’t say it well I’d still have felt it, where’s the sense in that
    I promise I’m not trying to make your life harder
    you wanna return to where we were but

    I will go down with this ship and I won’t put my hands up and surrender
    there will be no white flag above my door, I’m in love with justice and always will be

    Internment, inequality, unionist rule left too much mess and destruction to come back again
    and It caused nothing but trouble, I cant understand if you can’t talk to me again
    and if you live by your rules it’s over
    then I’m sure, to you that that makes sense but

    I will go down with this ship and put my hands up and surrender
    there will be no white flag above my door, I’m in love and always will be

    and when we meet, which I’m sure we will
    all that was there, wont be there still
    I’ll let it pass, and hold my tongue
    and you will know, that we’ve all moved on

    I will go down with this ship and put my hands up and surrender
    there will be no white flag above my door, I’m in love and always will be

  • Greagoir O Frainclin

    So com’on everybody, 1, 2, 3, all together now….

    “Armoured cars and tanks and guns,
    Came to take away our sons,
    But every man must stand behind,
    The men behind the wire.”

    Who’s round is it next?

    I think Greagoir CamBheal is being a little bit too pedantic here. Clearly Dido is only refering to a warbler she knew who sang the odd bar of an Irish ‘rebel’ song!
    Now, had he passed comments about her singing that would be justified as Dido has an an appalling and most dreary and boring voice! ZZzzzzzzz

    So com’on everybody again, Get the Guinness in, 1, 2, 3, all together now….here we go…

    “Sure l’m an Ulster Orangeman, from Erin’s isle I came,
    To see my British brethren all of honour and of fame,
    And to tell them of my forefathers who fought in days of yore,
    That I might have the right to wear, the sash my father wore!”

    Woo hoo!

  • Driftwood

    Armoured cars and tanks and guns,
    Came to take away our sons,

    These are mechanical objects, there is no reference to them being driven, or held by British soldiers, clearly the authorss are referring to ‘Terminator’ style ‘rise of the machines’.
    Dildo should issue a statement to thios effect.

  • cut the bull

    just a thought for those who have no choice,but to listen to Greg the dreg

    Oh Greg the dreg cheer up my dear God bless your darling wife.

    I’m sure her head’s turned listening to you every day and night.
    “I hate Celtic,McGuinness, Anderson, gaelige and Dido too”.

    “I love the Rangers. Glasgow and Royal Irish too.
    There is no such place as Derry you all know its true”.

    “The GAA are reprehensible to our red white n blue”

    I find it hard to cope right now with all this damned change.

    Its hard for political dinosaurs to rearrange.

    Wee Peter leads our Govt sure he is number one.
    Hes the father of our demagoguery, but he has a bastard son.

    Hes a wee curly baby with a voice soft and sweet,but under the covers a beastly rebel heart beats.

    His modus operandi is too wreck our wee state, Ill stop him and stand for God and Ulster afore yae ma be tooo late.”

  • darth rumsfeld

    I’ve always wondered just what the Daily Mail and co actually want from people they criticise like this. It’s pantomine politics at its worst- i.e. DUP meat and drink

    What if Fido had soothed Gregory’s troubled breast by releasing a tearstained statement along the lines of ” I didn’t know.. I didn’t mean it..themmuns were bad.. yousuns were good”?
    Will Mr Glum then release a statement thanking her and urging the public to forgive and consume her record? Will the Newtownards Road come out in celebration? Will the UUP say they thought of complaining first, now that they realise it’s been a success? Would the history curriculum be rewritten since it’s so obviously been seriously skewed by this hammerblow to veracity assailing the ears of the drippy Radio 2 listening teachers of OWC ?

    Get a life Gregory.

    All you need to know is
    she’s a honey and a blonde one at that
    she wisely supports Arsenal
    she’s a woman ( and what do THEY know about politics anyway?) I mean, when did the DUP ever worry about the warblings of a wumman who wasn’t called Eileen?

  • irishnothappy

    Gregory – state of your life !

    if you have to hunt around for scraps of news and the best you can come up with is that dido has sung a song about internment !

    How about you get back to the real issues which your department are responsible for !!

  • Driftwood

    haven’t we been here before?

    Anyway, while a crap singer,like wee belfast gal Katie Melua, she is, as darth points out, a wee honey. Maybe she was just protesting about proposed 42 day detention laws.

    Maybe gregory can arrange for her to visit Ibrox to learn some new song lyrics.

  • Gregory Campbell himself was “initially opposed to internment in Northern Ireland”. And these lines are simply anti-internment lines which any democrat should be happy to sing. So Mr. Campbell should be singing it himself.

    You’d think the DUP would have been able to wheel out somebody a bit less hypocritical to deal with this.

  • cut the bull

    I suppose your right Aaoron M Iris Ian Óg havent made a blunder lately, or if theyre really stuck they could have got Wiilie Mc Crea to sing about it backed up by a duo of Jim Shannon and Duncan Mc Causland in Ulster Scots da hameleee tung ahh coouuurse.

  • Rory Carr

    “She must know it was written about people who were murderers, arsonists and terrorists,” Campbell continued.

    Well at least it’s good to see that Gregory at last recognises the British Army for what they were (and remain).

    Anyway where does this little backwater nobody get the cheek from to criticise a beauty who is not only a hugely popular singer/songwriter, but also is a dedicated Gooner who in her spare time went on to found the city of Carthage and has been glorified in poetry by Virgil and in opera by Henry Purcell. It’s a good job for him that Aeneas isn’t still around or he’d soon know what’s what.

  • Danny O’Connor

    Apologies for not being more specific,the song in question starts off “On Monday the 9th of August” That is the event I was referring to.