“He is an outstanding politician”

A BBC report notes Northern Ireland Secretary of State Shaun Woodward’s opinion of Peter Robinson et al.

Speaking on the BBC Radio Four’s Today programme, Mr Woodward described Mr Robinson as “an outstanding politician”. He said: “I think he has cleared his name. I think he has justifiably done so, everyone is entitled to do that.

“He is an outstanding politician, just as Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams and Nigel Dodds have been throughout this process and I’m looking forward to seeing the first minister and deputy first minister moving forward and ensuring that people get what they need in Northern Ireland, which is good government.”

Which is nice of him.

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  • He may have had little choice but to do a deal, which was hardly in his party’s interest, having been trapped by the pincer movement of SF and the two governments and with the backdrop of severe electoral problems but he has shown tremendous courage under extreme political and personal pressure which may begin to contrast with the seemingly oportunistic manoeuvres of diminutive Reginald et al.

  • Alias

    “I think he has cleared his name. I think he has justifiably done so, everyone is entitled to do that.”

    How is Robinson agreeing a date to devolve P&J related to him clearing his name over allegations made by the State’s broadcasting service? Oh, that’s right… 😉

  • Scaramoosh

    Well he would say that wouldn’t he?

    Is that brilliant in terms of he helped to construct a roadblock, which he then helped top take down?

  • Pigeon Toes

    “He said: “I think he has cleared his name. I think he has justifiably done so, everyone is entitled to do that.”

    Um how, he consulted his legal advisor. Well fuck me sideways, if that’s all it takes…

    Therefore,I’m really looking forward to the radical proposals put forward on the justice system in Northern Ireland.

    Now where do I get a legal adviser that will tell me I am entitled to £200 million for personal injury and aggravated damages against a couple of our departments?

  • The Impartial Observer

    Oh get a room Shaun!!

  • “Mr Robinson as “an outstanding politician”. He said: “I think he has cleared his name. I think he has justifiably done so, ”

    Of course he has, just as in their world Tony Blair did the same by going before the Chilcott inquiry; as to are all those British MP’s who returned to the exchequer the cash they conned from their constituents tax coin.

    Ain’t the British establishment a marvellous thing.

    Mind you, having said that, the shop keepers husband’s kind words to Robinson sounded more like a threat.

  • cynic47

    I would have thought that with a number of enquiries parked in the sidings while the PSNI conduct an investigation into the allegations made in the Spotlight programme it might have been wiser for the SOS to have kept his mouth shut in relation to anyone’s guilt or innocence. Prejudical or what?

  • Cynic2

    Whole the SOS is himself a model of financial rectitude, its a bit off him taking this line on a day when the CPS announced that three of his own party colleagues may soon be guests of Her majesty if they are convicted on fraud charges relating to their expenses. And there are more cases in the pipeline too.

    Obviously a very moral party there Shaun.

  • Garza

    The British government need Robinson. They know he is a man that is commited to progress in a party of cavemen. They support him because they are afraid who will take over. Which to be fair, I can understand. Imagine Dodds or Campbell in charge of the DUP .

  • Peter Robinson has served both communities well (as he should as FM). As a nationalist, it may have suited my goals better if some hardcore “No-man” from the DUP had sunk everything but I favour peaceful co-existence over anything and Robinson has bravely maintained that. Well done to him. Now hopefully, we can have some real progress on more mundane issues.

  • Driftwood

    Cynic2
    let’s have a look at one of Mr Woodwards parliamentary colleagues, who he also no doubt regards as an ‘outstanding’ politician.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8501428.stm

    New Labour personified..
    ‘Naive’ indeed.

  • Coll Ciotach

    If my sources are correct we will soon be hearing of another high profile politician who will have sleazy charges to answer to

  • st etienne

    The British government need Robinson. They know he is a man that is commited to progress in a party of cavemen.
    Oh please, there was enough SF rhetoric on the box today.

    Anyway nice to hear the glowing reference to our band of failures, including an out of the woodwork namedrop to an apologist for paedophilia.

    Has the official countdown to the next deadlock started yet?

  • Garza

    “Oh please, there was enough SF rhetoric on the box today.”

    St etienne, I am not a Sinner, nor a nationalist.

  • Devil Eire

    Moderate Unionist (IWSMWDI): Amazon would probably classify “diminutive Reginald” as a statistically improbable phrase.

    I suppose we should expect to see LTU re-branding himself as Thoughtful Fenian any day now?

  • Mark McGregor

    Devil Eire – he shoots, he scores. Good spot sir.

  • Devil Eire,

    as a fulltime-Ulster-Protestant and loyal servant to her Majesty who makes a living off the soil of our beloved little country I reject entirely any imputation of fenianism or popery or any other un-unionist-ery.

    Now, if you will excuse me, I am having some difficulty with some gastric pigs which needs my full attention.