‘Straightforward’ answers, ‘straightforward’ votes and those Monday meetings.

David Gordon has a piece on the blame the media campaign being waged currently by the DUP (that’d be the Dodgy Under Pressure party….) You may recall the DUP issuing a scathing attack some months back on that most Irish republican of media outlets – the British Broadcasting Corporation.
Yesterday Sammy Wilson launched a blistering attack on Stephen Nolan, accusing the broadcaster of stirring up public anger and of being ‘a disgrace’; this morning, Sammy’s party colleague, Chief Apostle Gregory Campbell, delivered (50 mins in) another aggressively evasive performance, even managing to get Stephen Nolan’s salary into the discussion whilst bemoaning the quality of local journalism.

Prior to the Nolan Show, the one-time prominent DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson (1hr 48 mins in) almost got away with a cute performance on Good Morning Ulster when he consistently denied that there had been a vote during the DUP party meeting at all ‘yesterday,’ only changing his answer once the interviewer realised that the question should have referred to a meeting the day before yesterday.

  • Mick Fealty

    I think you’ll find that’s a club with a membership of two Chris… 😉

  • heamaisbharney

    Jeffrey, the return, not all that exciting.

  • heamaisbharney

    Intended to say that he was more interesting when he seemed to be missing.

  • Mick,

    I think it would be fair to suggest that you were also a supporter of the “it wuz the media wot dun it” brigade for allowing themselves to be foxed by SF spin and sleight of hand rather than following the ‘Slugger’ (Fealty & Baker Productions) line that as there was no actual deadline in the STA the DUP therfore need not, and indeed should not, be enouraged to cut a deal until the mood took them.

    ps I’m sure the DUP will be pleased with Pete’s piece in the BT.

  • Stephen Blacker

    The DUP hate not being in control of the press. For a long time the press have been scared to challenge some political parties because of the fear of losing contact with large numbers of MLA’s.

    Gregory and Sammy, i believe, are “Jokes on the Hill.” Stephen Nolan had to say very little to make a laughing stock out of the both of them. It is a shame that they will still get voted in again, so when it boils down to it they can say what they want.

    Maybe someday the people who vote them in will realise Gregory and Sammy have been making fools of them too.

  • Panic, these ones like it up em.

    Politician in trouble turns on the media.

    Has that ever happened before ! ! !

  • percy

    odd chris that peteb hasn’t made more of this.
    He’s usually doesn’t shy away when politicos complain about “silly questions” from the media.
    It might be a SF thing with him, I don’t honestly know, we’re not told.

  • Chris Donnelly

    Historical membership greatly exceeds two. Off the top of my head there’s been the Adams ‘stupid questions’ remarks and the decade long whine from the SDLP about republicans basking in the media spotlight whilst they faded away in the shade. And, of course, this line of attack is no stranger to a wider political audience.

    But, as they say, that was then and this is now.

    The DUP are on the ropes, and the ‘blame the media’ onslaught isn’t going to fool anyone….

  • Michael Shilliday

    I heard about the Donaldson interview this morning, but have just listened to it. Splitting hairs is a very kind way of putting what was going on.

  • percy

    chris the substance of your post reminds me of republicans complaining;
    no not irish republicans, but the GOP in USA.
    They complain not that the media (MSM) has a liberal bias, no they go further, complaining that
    Reality itslef has an inbuilt liberal-bias.
    And so they are at war with Reality, in a similiar way that the DUP are.
    Its a tough fight alright.

  • Medillen

    Eamonn Mallie (who has, to his credit, been the journo to watch throughout this period – ego aside) was accusing Nigel Dodds et al of being straw men on Radio Foyle (and rightly so). But, both he and Mark Devenport sounded as much like straw men earlier spending most of the morning clarifying their versions of the DUP meeting, against, undoubtably overnight phonecalls from DUP enforcers. Stand over your reporting, I haven’t heard them on clarifying their position when it involves other parties.

  • Mick Fealty


    And you are saying we were wrong? How so?

    The thing that hasn’t changed is that this deal depends upon the DUP agreeing to the devolution of P&J, conditional on that creatively ambiguous ‘community confidence’.

    Otherwise, no P&J.

    That’s why Robbo’s still in there a week after we were told there were only hours to save the SAA.

    If you haven’t already, try reading the last page in A Long Peace in the Report section up on the top left.

    Especially the bit where we quote 1066 and all that: it’s not enough to be right, if you are also repulsive.

  • Mick Fealty

    Or even last week when Gerry gently chided Conor McAuley for not investigating or even reporting in outline Ms Cahill’s accusations against two former IRA men whose denials (of said unreported allegations) were nevertheless carried by the BBC two days previously.

    Get yer triple folded tin foil hats out lads…

  • joeCanuck

    triple folded tin foil hats

    In the shape of a shamrock, Mick, or more the French tricorn type?

  • Lionel Hutz

    Didn’t hear Jeffreys interview (what program was it) but Sammys rant was ridiculous. Don’t get me wrong, Stephen Nolan can deserve criticism at times, but he doesn’t have to whip up anything here.

    The fact of the matter is that if a party or parties are gonna retreat to a bunker for a fortnight to discuss the future of our institutions, there is a vacuum, one that has to he filled. The public in general and the media have to fill in the blanks.

  • So, the DUP muppets want to Control the Police and Justice and the Media so that they can Play God to the Masses? What are they trying to hide ….. millions salted away for a rainy day in numbered accounts?

    Or has someone dropped Acid in the water for Stormont, as that would go a long way to explaining the Madness from there?

  • Mick Fealty


    I see you are refusing the bait on that last one. Probably very wise of you.


    Don’t forget the five day silence on this joint OFMdFM production:


  • 0b101010

    Gregory, in particular, was absolutely pathetic. Sammy at least has a bit of flair at bullshitting, but Gregory could have stuck to his guns, instead of giggling like an idiot child and trying to spar with Nolan. All he had to keep saying was that it happened, it was a private meeting and he wasn’t going to say anything that might jeopardise ongoing negotiations. That’s it. Simple and honest.

    The old DUP tactic of stonewalling and then blaming the media is arrogant, misguided distractionism that shows distain for their electorate and the public at large.

    The media didn’t put the DUP in bed with teenagers, the media didn’t force the DUP to take handouts from developers, the media didn’t make the DUP try to launder that same money through their families churches, the media didn’t make the DUP pay for “sports massages” from rentboys, the media didn’t strip Sammy Wilson and let him loose over Flanders, the media didn’t trick the DUP into renting films at the taxpayer’s expense, the media didn’t twist the DUP’s arm to double- or triple-job and then give the rest to their own families…

    The DUP should give it a fucking rest, clean house and pull the finger out.

    They’ve done a good job slicing the ankles of any political settlement, and Unionist leadership, before them to become the biggest party in the country. They keep saying they want devolution. They have to start acting like a party capable of governing a real country, if they want Northern Ireland to remain viable in any timeframe.

    If they don’t like the media, stay in Hillsborough until something’s agreed, don’t say a word, don’t tell the public that the speculation is wrong without any details on “the truth” and don’t fucking go on Nolan.

  • 0b101010

    Indirectly related, but there has been a lot of talk of Plan B flying about but not so much discussion on what could make Plan C, D, etc.

    Everyone assumes joint authority is the obvious alternative but everyone knows London would love to dump us on Dublin as its own gift of a toxic, “Great Concavity”… and Dublin doesn’t want us.

    Ultimately, we really could find ourselves alone.

  • [quote][i]Don’t forget the five day silence on this joint OFMdFM production:


    Posted by Mick Fealty on Feb 04, 2010 @ 06:50 AM [/i][/quote]


    Who is running the Northern Ireland Politics Scam and disjointed OFMdFM production? Who wears the crooked hat and halfwit idiot savant crown?

    It’ll hardly be anyone GBIrish that’s for sure, for the show is far too bad ….. not that they are such experts either, in what is nowadays a Novel CyberIntelAIgents ZeroDay Field with the Controlling Power to Remotely Crash Corrupting Systems …… from the AIntelligence Space. And whenever it is such, who then would question and deny that it and IT and Media is a Great Game and Admirable Public Service, even if a Private Pirate Promotion, for who on Earth would want to Perpetuate a Corrupting System? That would be Totally Perverse and Subversive and not at All what Future Innocents and Children Need for their Feed …… Daily Bread and News for Manufactured Reality Views.

    And it would appear that Peter and Martin do not sign their own Office communications, although presumably they get to carry the can for them, and I say that because it does look like the same person signed for both Martin and Peter on COR/129/2009.

  • 0b101010

    Can you not Tone IT dOWN a bIT and try to make some sense, Graham?

  • Critical Alien

    I think amanfromMars has hit the nail on the head there.

    Too late for a reboot, and who would press the Ctrl-Alt-Delete in the present Power Paradigm? Absent Operators Providing Corrupted Data for a SubPrime Nation of the drip-fed and lied to.
    New Technologies on a Quantum Realisability base are required to represent the Real Reality of an user-augmented political Space with the Stations of every User as SuperPositions in a holographic Unity of Diversity.

  • Mick,

    the arguements against your analysis are littered throughtout Slugger and I’m sure you wont have long to wait before they are re-aired.

    But my point was.. the governments decided that SF’s ‘contrived’ crisis was in fact the real thing ( as many had correctly pointed out here on Slugger was likely) and your reaction to this turn of events was to launch a bloggonian braodside against the mainstream media (MSM or whatever the acronynm is) rather that reflecting on the suitability of your analysis which, how can I put it delicately, perhaps was not sufficently robust to survive intact in light of the unfolding situation.

    Of course we expect this sort of thing from the DUP but from Slugger?

  • ardmaj55

    stephen blacker [5] And not only the press the DUP want to control. That apology for a debate on spotlight the other night was obviously a victim of DUP pressure on BBC producers. We’re expected to believe they decided themselves that , not having been on since well before xmas, they didn’t think the Irisgate scandal wasn’t relevant just a fortnight after it was exposed.

  • Mick Fealty


    Well, let me repeat: you are saying we were wrong? How so?

  • Rory Carr

    Thanks for clearing things up, Critical Alien.