“best to get your conditional apology in first..”

BBC NI political editor Mark Devenport notes a striking similarity between the recent conditional statements to the Northern Ireland Assembly by Sinn Féin’s Barry McElduff and the SDLP’s Mark Durkan.. and he offers one of his own..

In a similar vein I might say that if a handful of words I used on Stormont Live yesterday led a TV viewer at home to drop off to sleep, whilst smoking a cigarette which upon falling from their hand sparked a blaze that destroyed their home, then of course I would be sorry. I don’t imagine that occurred, but it’s always best to get your conditional apology in first.


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  • J O’Donovan

    Stormont is a good Brit strategy. Get the hired help to bore the moronic locals into subservience. It looks so much like a boring county council meeting on a dreary November afternoon.

  • percy

    Perhaps if they can learn to apologise for little things ,
    they might be able to apologise for bigger things. All of them!

  • I recall a cartoon drawing of an answer phone message from Gerry Adams which went something like this “I’m not sorry that I’m not here to take your call, though I do regret that I’m not here which is not my fault but rather that of those who caused me to be out”

    It was from the mid 90s.

  • derry wan

    I believe the shinners also had to agree to an out of court settlement to prevent an unfair dismissal case taken by former Ard Chomhairle member from Derry. I wonder what the conversation is like during family re-unions at the DFM’s household, and who is apologising to who.

  • Archie Purple

    As another ‘Derry wan’, may you being ‘Derry wan’ could elaborate….who was the AC member from the fine large town or Doire? A hint might do. Bout it then mucker, hi!

  • derry wan

    The hint about the DFM would be sufficient – doh-dee doh-dee, doh-dee-dee, doh-dee 😉

  • Mick Fealty


    You and I need to talk about the seriously misleading nature of some of your local knowledge.

    In my office, now…

  • dunreavynomore

    derry wan
    how is dodie doing? is she in trouble? i haven’t heard her mentioned for some time.

  • derry wan

    Dodie’s not the one in trouble but she has exposed the shinners and their equality agenda for scrutiny.

  • dunreavynomore

    derry wan
    i heard it on the 12 news. dodie gave a lot of years to s.f when there was no pay for it. shamefull how they treated her.

  • derry wan

    I agree. A lot of people did likewise, but found themselves shoved to the sidelines in recent years.

  • Earnan

    Some people even starved themselves

  • dunreavynomore

    yes earnan

    seems some old eejit went fasting for 40 days in a desert one time.