Naomi Long elected Lord Mayor

Whether or not Ian Parsley gets elected next week (I am in a charitable mood tonight), one Alliance politician has secured a top job. According to the BBC Naomi Long has been elected Lord Mayor of Belfast. I am unsure if it is politically incorrect to call her Lady Mayoress? She neat the DUP’s William Humphrey by 26 votes to 24.

  • Sam Flanagan

    I am glad William Lundy Humphrey lost this vote. He is a barefaced liar. This character told me in Crimea st, the Lundy party would not be going into government with IRA/MI5. This took place while he was canvassing for the last Assembley elections.

    I was delighted to see Raymond McCord`s vote make sure Lundy Humphrey did not get the chance to become another lying,money-grabbing,Dodds-licking, MLA.

  • Pancho

    Mayor not a full time job? Double jobbing!

    We are moving forward aren’t we! A centre party major! Well done us.

  • the joxer

    Who got Deputy?

  • Conquistador

    I believe that’s the second female Lord Mayor of Belfast.

    What way did each block vote?

  • Valenciano

    I presume she was elected with the support of SDLP and SF with the UUP and PUP backing the DUP.

    I also wish the BBC would get their terminology correct. There’s no such ward as Victoria, hasn’t been since 1973, there’s a Victoria DEA which consists of seven separate wards.

  • Seymour Major

    She is quite a lady and I hope she is called “Lady Mayor”

    She will do wonders for the profile of her party in Belfast and I wish her all the best.

    She is the Alliance’s most talented politician. She is, unfortunately, now dong a job which is likely to cut into her time as an MLA. The Alliance Party would be sensible if they brought in another person to sit as MLA whilst Long does a term as Mayor with a view to being brought back in later.

    Although I am a conservative, I welcome any development which sees the ALliance Party move up the scale. If, in the longer run, the Labour Party do not take up the challenge to represent the left in NI, you could see this party taking up that role instead.

  • slug

    Seymour, I am pretty sure the Labour Party will be here in the longer run.

  • Pancho

    With who? SDLP????

  • Big Mac Meal

    It seems greedy Naomi couldn’t hold herself back once again, even to the extent that she stopped party cllr maire hendron.

    So she is now Lord Mayor, Cllr, MLA, E. Belfast DPP member, Belfast CSP member. And that’s before taking into account her husbands positions. I wonder how much the Long household is costing the taxpayer. A topic for discussion on tommorrow’s Nolan no doubt.

  • Rory Carr

    She is quite a lady and I hope she is called “Lady Mayor”.

    I suppose she might be called a number of things, Seymour, but that will not change the fact that she was elected to the position of Lord Mayor.

    Nouns are gender neutral in the English language and the title ‘Lord Mayor’ is the title of the position to which she was elected. The title ‘Lady Mayoress’ is intended to refer to the wife of the Lord Mayor. It would be preferable, I would think, that we legislate to amend titles to reflect modern social arrangements and mores rather than that we abuse the language out of laziness.

    In the meantime, awkward as it may sound, in addressing Ms Long, the correct form would be “Madame, Lord Mayor”. At least that is how I shall address her at those little tete-a-tete suppers to which I am sure I will now be invited when she, once having read this thread, calls upon my sage advice on matters of protocol and decorum. No hanky-panky, mind.

  • Outsider

    Oh no now we will have a year full of sanctimonious, patronising, wishy washy claptrap coming from the Lord Mayors office in Belfast.

  • Dec

    The star Alliance politician who claimed on TV that the NI assembley “couldn’t solve the global credit crunch completely“. And Alliance wonder why they rely on others for leg-ups?

  • Quagmire

    Seymour, I am pretty sure the Labour Party will be here in the longer run.
    Posted by slug on Jun 01, 2009 @ 08:56 PM

    Eamon Gilmore, Pat Rabbite, Prionseas de Rossa et al. Cant wait for that!

  • iluvni

    What about that junket to the US she and her fellow Belfast councillors went on a while back. Wasnt Mrs Long going to let us all know what benefits it was going to bring to Belfast, for the thousands it took to send them there.
    Cant remember reading anything further….

  • Pancho’s Horse

    That’s all we bloody need! More publicity for another bloody hectoring female with f*** all to say.

  • Conquistador

    Oh no now we will have a year full of sanctimonious, patronising, wishy washy claptrap coming from the Lord Mayors office in Belfast.

    You mean that failing to decide what country you want to belong to isn’t a sign of intellectualism?

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Excellent news for Belfast – it wont be some flat earth, sectarian Unionist trying to block up post boxes on the Sabbath on the grounds of indecency – and about time there was a ginger in the job.

  • New Blue

    Does that mean that we finally have a Lord Mayor who will attend St. Paddy’s parade day and the Rememberance ceremony?

    That’s what I call progress

  • New Blue

    That was, of course, St. Paddy’s day parade

  • LabourNIman

    While she isn’t my first choice as mayor, I agree this will do her party well. Wonder what the deal with for SF to back them?

    Seymour & Quagmire Lasbour will fight seats in NI, but time is needed to get established.

  • Pancho

    Will the Alliance turn evil? A nice little experiment this election of Long.

    And horse……be nice.

  • SM

    Well done and all the best to her 🙂

    But be careful with the double jobbing it’s not very popular at the moment!

  • Outsider

    What about that junket to the US she and her fellow Belfast councillors went on a while back. Wasnt Mrs Long going to let us all know what benefits it was going to bring to Belfast, for the thousands it took to send them there.
    Cant remember reading anything further….

    Iluvno

    Alliance aren’t called the sneakiest party in NI for nothing.

  • Big Maggie

    Sammy,

    “Excellent news for Belfast – it wont be some flat earth, sectarian Unionist trying to block up post boxes on the Sabbath on the grounds of indecency – and about time there was a ginger in the job.”

    Agreed. It’s good to see a woman at the helm, and a level-headed Alliance one at that. I wish Naomi well.

    Whom are you referring to when you mention the post boxes?

  • pete whitcroft

    She will be a credit to the city and is well capable of it.
    As for double jobbing, I think there will be some mileage in that criticism.
    The problem is that no parties here have strength in depth.
    Many parties could field a credible 5 a side team, but NONE could win the champions league.

    Pick a 5 a side team for each party and win the speed boat hiding behind Bully’s prize board.

  • Outsider

    pete whitcroft

    Peter Robinson indicated that he could fill two Assembleys with the talent he has within his party.

    I think Long is not going to be a good representative for Belfast, this is bad day for the city.

  • SM

    Outsider

    And you beleived him just because he said it?

    Also on what grounds do you think she’ll be a bad lord mayor?

  • Outsider

    SM

    Yes I did, he wouldn’t lie on live TV.

    Regarding Long, I think she is very superficial and wishy washy with a patronising tone, I don’t believe this will benefit anyone.

  • redhugh78

    I do not share her politics but I have to say she does come across as a very articulate and down to earth politician and I think she will do a good job.

  • Mark McGregor

    This role is pointless. I’m sure she’ll be as good as every other muppet endorsed by BCC. Silly wasteful position fought over by silly wasteful people.

  • Pete whitcroft

    OUTSIDER

    P. Robinson speaks only truth. Pick yer 5 a side teams.
    And if you have time, give the names and addresses of Robinson’s 216.
    I await with bated breath.
    Don’t let me suffocate.
    Please.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Big Maggie,

    I was referring to the Sunday whatisname paper that reported that the Free Presbyterian Church believed that certain postboxes were being used for sinful purposes….

    Ok I just made it up – but the made feckers used to insist that public toilets were closed on a Sunday and the god fearing homeless Protestants had to wait sometimes for days before going to the toilet – you would often see homeless Protestants jumping about the streets as they tried to think of anything but sinful sabbath toilieting. They had great faith.

  • pete whitcroft

    Mark

    Not a pointless role.
    Media opportunities abound.
    It didn’t do Maskey any harm.
    No doubt wasteful to the Belfast ratepayer.

  • Big Maggie

    Sammy,

    Now I understand :^)

  • DC

    “You mean that failing to decide what country you want to belong to isn’t a sign of intellectualism?”

    No it isn’t but what is smart is admitting how NI is constituted and accepting that with a view to picking up and working the right blend of British Irish political relationships so that a more fluid body politic can be brought into effect.

    It’s entirely essential if not fundamental to know where you stand politically on the new consitutional arrangements so that a political vision can be constructed on it.

    Nice job the Mayor but on personal terms because of Naomi Long’s workload she deserves it, still shouldn’t be confused with anything other than representing BCC in a personal way on behalf of its ratepayers / populace.

  • Pancho

    The DUP have a huge amount of talent compared to everybody else. Not exactly 2 Assembly full of them, but atleast 80 ‘good’ politicians. UUP are in sort state concerning this department and the other two haven’t exactly got a “talented” yet effective youth system.

  • Danny O’Connor

    Well Done Ms Long,good luck to you ,I believe you have the talent to do a first class job for the people of Belfast.
    Ps ,there weren’t many others queing up to go on the Nolan show and answer questions about the trip to the USA.

  • Pete whitcroft

    If double jobbing is big at the next Westminster election and Robbo doesn’t stand, Naomi could win.
    Napier came very close in 1979.
    If she gets the SDLP, SF and Green vote she could win.

  • Conquistador

    Pete do you actually believe that?

    The best result the Alliance have got on the current East Belfast boundries is 24%. The combined nationalist vote is about 4%.

    Whilst her vote rose in 2007, that was largely compensation for a very poor showing in 2003 when she first stood. She still didn’t outpoll the UUP in their darkest of days.

  • The best result the Alliance have got on the current East Belfast boundries is 24%. The combined nationalist vote is about 4%.

    Actually, the new boundaries are remarkably similar to the ones Napier nearly won on in 1979, although there’s no point pretending losing Hillfoot and Wynchurch isn’t a disappointment from our point of view (although they probably mean Anna Lo gets elected on Stage 1 in the next Assembly election).

    Whilst her vote rose in 2007, that was largely compensation for a very poor showing in 2003 when she first stood. She still didn’t outpoll the UUP in their darkest of days.

    You’re assuming 2007 was the darkest of days for the UUP.

    Big assumption.

  • pete whitcroft

    Conquistador

    I do.

  • Conquistador

    Actually, the new boundaries are remarkably similar to the ones Napier nearly won on in 1979.

    The same boundaries I understand that Alliance could win 2 out of 6 assembly seats – something that’s clearly not going to happen in East Belfast at present.

    You’re assuming 2007 was the darkest of days for the UUP.

    Big assumption.

    Maybe they weren’t. Still with UCUNF the UUP aren’t going to lose many of airy fairy voters they held last time, even if Alliance holds the voters it took from the UUP, they’re really limited in who else they can attract (circa 1000 Stoops).

    To be honest I’m not a massive proponent of UCUNF but I think it will work in Belfast East (presumably alienating the potential voters in the remainder of the provence).

    Conquistador

    I do.

    Then Pete, your mindless optimism puts you on a power with Lieutenant George.

  • The same boundaries I understand that Alliance could win 2 out of 6 assembly seats – something that’s clearly not going to happen in East Belfast at present.

    Hardly in the bank for Alliance, but hardly “clearly not going to happen”, either.

    To be honest I’m not a massive proponent of UCUNF but I think it will work in Belfast East (presumably alienating the potential voters in the remainder of the provence).

    I don’t think UCUNF is going to work in East Belfast. Belfast is not a Tory city any more than its closest demographic analogues across the water, Glasgow and Liverpool, are. Or Edinburgh, Cardiff, Leeds, Sheffield, Bristol, Birmingham, etc. ,etc…

  • Conquistador

    All the fluffy “let’s be everyone’s friend and magic sectarianism away” is probably enough to prevent what remains of Ulster Unionist support haemorrhaging to the Alliance.

    If you really want to compare Belfast to other UK cities, none of the above (with perhaps the exception of Edinburgh) are bastions of LibDem support either, so Alliance therefore is limited equally.

    Hardly in the bank for Alliance, but hardly “clearly not going to happen”, either.

    If reality scares you that much Sammy then it’s ok
    , I shan’t inflict it on you any longer, Alliance to sweep 5 out of six in East Belfast and gain back the assembly seat it won in West in 1982 and maybe even save a few deposits west of the
    Bann.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Big Maggie,

    actually….

  • Hardly in the bank for Alliance, but hardly “clearly not going to happen”, either.

    I don’t make the direct comparison with the LibDems as I’m not as delusional as the UCUNFs. You also don’t know much about British electoral geography – Edinburgh, Cardiff, Leeds, Sheffield, Bristol, Birmingham and Liverpool are all to some degree LibDem strongholds in local government (Edinburgh the weakest of them, IIRC), and all except Liverpool return a LibDem MP, and Liverpool probably will after next year as well.

    If reality scares you that much Sammy then it’s ok

    You’re just being silly now. With half a nationalist quota in East Belfast and a base vote of 19%, it’s not really that huge a jump to two Alliance seats.

  • iluvni

    Ps ,there weren’t many others queing up to go on the Nolan show and answer questions about the trip to the USA.

    Posted by Danny O’Connor on Jun 02, 2009 @ 01:14 AM

    No argument there. More fool her then. I thought she was OK until listening to her that day. Now I think she’s a bullshitter just like the rest of them.

  • Well done Naomi and i reckon i’ll wager £5 (whatever the odds) for her to win East Belfast next Westminster election.

    ps anyone else notice the Sinn Fein/Bairbre de Brun Election posters on Belmont Road and Massey Avenue at the weekend? Must please Robinson no end that the Shinners have finally broken out of Short Strand. Surely now a United Ireland must be just months away.

  • politico

    “Peter Robinson indicated that he could fill two Assembleys with the talent he has within his party.”

    which begs the question why are his current bunch of eejits still there

  • Anon

    Pancho’s Horse said: “That’s all we bloody need! More publicity for another bloody hectoring female with f*** all to say.”

    To Pancho’s Horse,

    Hello, the 1950s called, they’d like their tired old sexist mantras back please!

  • Rory Carr

    While no fan of Alliance myself, I tell you what – howza about a swap? We’ll take Naomi if you take Boris!

    And we’ll through in a fleet of bendy buses to sweeten the deal.

  • Rory Carr

    Erratum: ‘through’ should read ‘throw’. Apologies.

  • Naomi was in Little Britain once, or was that Matt Lucas. Judge for yourselves.

  • YelloSmurf

    Conquistador

    We’re not trying to magic sectarianism away, we’re trying to do some proper work to remove it. It is the Unionists and Nationalists who stay in thier tribal ghettos and seem to want everything to have a green or orange label on it who seem to be hoping that secterianism will disapear by itself (especially Sinn Féin, whose only answer to any of Northern Ireland’s problems is that it wouldn’t happen in a united Ireland)