Black taxi tale a tall storey?

A viral election rumour, that may or may not be true, being spread on Black Taxi routes and gossip chains across Belfast:

Supposedly a large figure in republicanism was out canvassing for de Brún when he called at the door of the mother of a SF elected rep who sits at or near the big table in Stormont. Allegedly the mother chased him from the door with strong words and assured him there was no vote for SF there.

Fact? Fiction? Made me smile.

  • Outsider

    Mark

    We could talk all day regarding such stories based on hearsay.

  • Outsider,

    Oh lets!

  • Driftwood

    Probably a voter who had gone soft and wanted to vote BNP.

  • slug

    Wouldn’t be such a strange thing – e.g. Tony Blair’s dad was a Tory and Michael Portillo’s a Socialist.

  • Annoying git

    [i]Tony Blair’s dad was a Tory and Michael Portillo’s a Socialist. [/i]

    Indeed, because Tony Blair’s policies and political philosophy didn’t resemble those of the Conservative Party in the slightest – “tough on crime, tough on..”, imperialist invasions of random countries, de-regulating the City, subverting the rule of law and continuously eroding civil liberties (identity cards, stop and search under the Terrorism Act 2000 etc)…

    Have you heard Portillo recently? He sounds more and more like a wet leftie every time he opens his camp gob. I’m reminded of the legendary Chris Morris’ [i]The Day Today[/i]:

    “In prison slang the term [i]Look out behind you[/i] is denoted by the word [i]Portillo[/i].”

  • Conquistador

    Unless there’s a name or two then this is a bit too vague for interest.

  • redhugh78

    Mark, catch yourself on son.

  • Comrade Stalin

    “In prison slang the term Look out behind you is denoted by the word Portillo.”

    The thing about this is that it predated Portillo’s self-imposed outing about his youthful experimentations. When he was in government Portillo was considered to be very much to the right, not the sort of wet type that he is now.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    …and talking of non stories about the election whatever happened to the crypto-dissident Colin Duffy?

  • tisk

    Is this slugger otoole?

    What a load of nonsense.

  • Rory Carr

    A neighbour of mine last Friday evening, intent on taking a short-cut home through the park on his way home from the pub, swears he spotted the Loch Ness monster in the River Lea. As he’s a big, nasty, mean-tempered fucker I thought it best to assure him that he was probably right.

  • Grassy Noel

    I heard another story: a local loyalist grass roots community activist whose having an affair with the flame-haired beauty queen daughter of a leading republican apparently bumped into a top Tory former unionist who’d had a sex change who told him that a dissident Alliance party member had been involved in a cat fight with a prominent environmentalist outside the Beyonce concert in Belfast over claims that said eco-warrior had been spotted on a Ryanair flight to Magaluf but three weeks ago.

    It seems the upshot is the dissident being expelled from the Alliance party and setting up his own Continuity Alliance Party while the eco-warrior has been ordered to dress as a polar bear and gambol around the car park of Belfast City Airport as a penance for his trangressions.

    That’s what I’ve heard. If I her any more – you’ll hear it here first.

    On the QT. And very hush-hush…

  • Rory Carr

    Markie Mark started it so – Keep ’em coming, guys and gals.

  • 2050

    Grassy Noel

    LOLs U should be on stage!

  • terry

    Heard one about the MP for South Down trying to charge for laundry, food and telephone bills for £2,500.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/8078820.stm

  • An fhirinne gharbh

    Can’t share the outrage about McGrady. London hotels are feckin expensive. End of story.

  • J Kelly

    Or the one about the MP for South Belfast who got all of us to pay for the Stamp Duty on the half million £ Apartment in London that we all pay for. The best about this if he ever sells this plush apartment he keeps all the profits.

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    even wilder story about 2 crazed sectarian runaways from the deeply sectarian DUP party joining up in the middle of the night with the deeply “non tribal”, and modernised Tory pary and fitting in seemlessly.

  • terry

    Or the one about the MP for South Belfast who got all of us to pay for the Stamp Duty on the half million £ Apartment in London that we all pay for. The best about this if he ever sells this plush apartment he keeps all the profits.

    J Kelly

    Alasdair McDonnell £14,000 in stamp duty & £1,360 on blinds and curtains.

    How many windows are in this plush London apartment?

  • John O’Connell

    Judging by the number of Sinn Fein-inspired deflections and smokescreens, it seems that there may be a modicum of truth in the story Mark raises.

  • dunreavynomore

    And, of course, there’s the one about Connor Murphy claiming £26,000 per year for a flat he spent one night in in twelve months. Funny or what? Oh, I nearly forgot the most hilarious part, it seems the landlord is a ‘Mystery’ Irishman who charges three times the normal rate yet Connor would lecture us on economics if we let him.

  • unionist

    that’s a really stupid story.