Robinson: “They have not laid a glove on me…”

“I have nothing to fear so I am not the least bit worried about it.” The defiant words of DUP leader Peter Robinson who continues to accuse the BBC of trying to smear him over alleged links to property developers. Mr Robinson who struck a conciliatory tone in a keynote address on Thursday on launching his party’s election campaign, snapped at the BBC’s Martina Purdy when she pushed him to say whether he had been questioned by the police.BBC’s Spotlight Programme levelled a number of accusations against the Robinsons over cheques received from two developers by an associate of Mrs Robinson. Resenting the line of questioning from Miss Purdy Mr Robinson barked, “Have you any other smearing questions to ask?”

So does the DUP leader believe he and Iris will ever shake off the national press sobriquet ‘Swish Family Robinson?’

“If the national press continue to use it, if they think it is a trendy thing to say then clearly you won’t but it is having no resonance with people. Our polls are showing my standing has gone up rather than down.

“There have been hundreds of journalists and reporters who have been digging around for months and they have not been able to lay a glove on me.

“All I have had are smears, insinuation and innuendo and if there had been anything I am sure it would be out there but they will continue to smear I have no doubt about that.”

In his address to the party faithful the DUP leader drew attention to his disappointment at the European Election result. Turning to the expenses scandal Mr Robinson added:

“It’s easier for me. I have the lowest expenses of the Northern Ireland MPs and I got a clear bill of health from Sir Thomas Legge after his five years audit of expenses. I think all politicians allowed the system to continue and they all carry the blame for that and we do need to apologise for allowing that to go on.”

  • articles

    I agree “Swish Family Robinson” has no resonance with the people. “Swiss family bank Robinson” rings more bells.

  • Drumlins Rock

    So much for the humility of the heart broken interview, looks more and more like crocodile tears.

  • alan56

    Seems Peter is back to his old ways

  • Panic, these ones like it up em.

    Politicians would be better advised to await the verdict of the electorate at election time before deciding whether they have had a glove laid on them, or taken a standing count or even been knocked out.

    What is it about politicians that makes them forget who their real masters/mistress’s are between elections.

    I have known few politicians that a little humility would not improve.

  • Michaelhenry

    of course peter robinson has nothing to fear, for when paisly snr got the boot his wife got into the house of lords, when the bold peter gets the boot then he will receive a house of lords seat, for services renderd

  • PrivateBob

    Drumlins Rock, you nailed it on the head. I have the funniest feeling that statement is going to come back to haunt poor Peter over the next few weeks.

  • Pigeon Toes

    Will there be a spotlight follow up either before or after the election?

  • John K Lund / Lllamedos / Suchard

    Lord Swizz Roll of Maghaberry?

  • Impartial Reporter

    7.Will there be a spotlight follow up either before or after the election?

    Nothing before the election.

    Apparently

    Let’s just hope that justice will out.

    The voters they have lost will make an impact regardless of how many gags have been used.

  • Pigeon Toes

    I thought that it hadn’t been decided yet. Though it will be much funnier before the election

  • Excellent, just in time for the campaign, back to the Robinson Untouchable Arrogance of old.

    “Nothing before the election.

    Apparently”

    Impartial Reporter,

    Why are Spotlight (and the rest of the MSM, including Mr Mallie) holding back? Merely the gagging orders or do you think pressure’s being put on higher up?

  • Harry J

    Let’s just hope that justice will out….

    The fact is Peter Robinson has done nothing wrong , he has ALREADY been cleared by Paul Maguire of breaking the ministerial code which was the BBCs ONLY allegation about Peter.

    ITs time those unelected people responsible for the programme be sacked. The BBC cannot lie about anyone, including politicians, and get away with it

    When Peter is returned as MP and the DUP as the largest Unionist party, i shall be on these boards to gloat , I cant wait!

  • Michaelhenry

    harry j, you say you will gloat when the d.u.p is returned has the largest unionist party, is this a sign that you think the d.u.p will not be returned has the largest party in the six counties in this westminister election.

  • Harry J

    is this a sign that you think the d.u.p will not be returned has the largest party in the six counties in this westminister election.
    Posted by Michaelhenry on Mar 27, 2010 @ 05:11 PM

    Ok ill correct that, i will gloat EVEN MORE when they are returned as the largest party

  • Impartial Reporter

    oneill

    There is no party here that is prepared or will benefit enough to make this a real issue.

    Alliance are under the cosh hoping to get the Justice ministry, SF have DUP on a string and the SDLP / UUP are useless.

    If and when the truth comes out there will be very little for those who are acting untouchable to hide behind.

    As a lifelong (now ex) DUP voter and (still) Unionist I am disgusted at the lies and deceptions that have gone on here.

  • Harry J

    As a lifelong (now ex) DUP voter and (still) Unionist I am disgusted at the lies and deceptions that have gone on here.
    Posted by Impartial Reporter on Mar 27, 2010 @ 05:52 PM

    what lies

  • granni trixie

    Harry J: point of info: the barrister you mentioned gave an OPINION only, he did not, and could not, ‘clear’ PR of anything. Another barrister could give a different opinion.

  • GFASupporterButRealist

    Harry j. re. QC Paul Maguire’s “opinion”, we have yet to see the promised (by Peter Robinson) terms of reference/inquiry which were set for the “opinion” by Robinson himself and the “system.” How narrow were they ? How restricted ? How limited ? Sammy Wilson is the Minister who apparently is the one who can authorise release of these details and hasn’t. If he won’t release them, why ? What is there to hide ? Transparency please, Peter and Sammy. And will we see the terms of reference before the election ? I wouldn’t bet on that one. The media and Assembly Members need to keep pressing for the release of these crucial details. Especially if the public is paying for the QC’s opinion and not Robinson himself. If it’s our money then we want to see what we paid for and if it was worth it.

  • Pigeon Toes

    Perhaps there are further allegations.

  • Harry J

    If it’s our money then we want to see what we paid for and if it was worth it.
    Posted by GFASupporterButRealist on Mar 27, 2010 @ 06:55 PM

    oh dear the UUP are really upset now, wait til Willie McCrea beats wee reg in S Antrim.

    WOnder who will suceed reg..maybe basil or mcnasty ..god the DUP must be shaking in their boots…

  • ardmaj55

    articles [1] Aren’t you forgetting ‘Swish Family Developers Robinson’. This is more like the Robbo we know and loathe. The kid gloves are well and truly off. So PR sets up inquiries into his own conduct, then announces that he has cleared himself.

  • Wabbits

    Back to form for Robinson. A complete arrogant bastard. Nobody is untouchable for ever and petulent Pete would do well to remember that.

  • DerTer

    Harry J – If, as you concede, “breaking the ministerial code…was the BBCs ONLY allegation about Peter.”, do you accept that his attack on Martina Purdy was not only shockingly bad-mannered but also inaccurate? (By the way, more power to her – she was completely unfazed by his offensive treatment of her.)

  • Harry J

    oh dear 0h dear, if you guys are soooooooo upset now wait til peter wins east belfast and the DUP retain the rest of theirs.

    wait til wee reg is shown the door in S Antrim and the tories dump them.

    Reg has another 6 weeks to look for another job

  • lamhdearg

    Harry j
    Are both of them crystal?.

  • Rory Carr

    Harry J must be right and I am sure that Peter Robinson is perfectly innocent of any charges of corruption or undue use of influence.

    And until some one can explain to me what connection or area of mutual interest there might possibly exist between a former estate agent and a property developer I shall continue to believe in his innocence.

    I mean, it’s not as if they could possibly have anything in common. Is it?

  • alan56

    Harry J
    I admire your loyalty to your party, completely understandable. But the sort of attitude you display..’everything well in camp DUP’..while striking out at other unionist parties suggests that there is an air of desperation or arrogance in your total belief in all things DUP. Just an observation!

  • GFASupporterButRealist

    Harry J, I won’t comment on whether your replies to others’ questions/comments are “crystal” but do you believe the “crystal” clear standard should be applied to the taxpayers (and it looks like they footed the bill) right-to-know what the QC’s “opinion” said, in detail and, importantly how wide the criteria/terms-of-ref he was given were ? Just to be….crystal….clear…eh ? Do tell us.

  • Paul

    how many seats do posters think UCUNF will win.???

  • alan56

    3

  • Paul

    #

    3
    Posted by alan56 on Mar 27, 2010 @ 09:42 PM

    which 3

  • lamhdearg

    2

  • Paul

    #

    2
    Posted by lamhdearg on Mar 27, 2010 @ 09:49 PM

    which 2?

  • alan56

    FST,EL,ND !

  • lamhdearg

    s.a. f.s.t “i think”.

  • Paul

    #

    FST,EL,ND !
    Posted by alan56 on Mar 27, 2010 @ 10:01 PM

    EL no chance ND no chance if DUP dosnt stand fST no chance if DUP stand.

  • alan56

    Then of course it could be UB,SA and Strangford !
    Great fun this.

  • UCUNF for Strangford, East Belfast, South Belfast, North Down, South Antrim, Fermanagh & South Tyrone. TUV for North Antrim.
    Others – no change.

  • articles

    Given it is after the watershed I shall now complete the opening quote:

    “They have not laid a glove on me…. given I fingered Iris”

    Not to support his wife and to allow her public villification was unforgiveable. A small man.

  • The Bright Future for Hanwood fails to mention the paramilitary presence on the Trust’s board of directors but you might spot a property developer.

  • iluvni

    So, did he answer Purdy’s question?
    Have the PSNI questioned the arrogant smug trougher?

  • lamhdearg

    He was five thousand+ votes up on Empey in 2005. Is this likely to swing to Ringland?, Long is high profile so her vote should hold up, I believe robinson will hold east belfast, A low turnout of people disgusted at “expenses” is his biggest threat.

  • Paul

    #

    UCUNF for Strangford, East Belfast, South Belfast, North Down, South Antrim, Fermanagh & South Tyrone. TUV for North Antrim.
    Others – no change.
    Posted by Intelligence Insider on Mar 27, 2010 @ 10:10 PM

    you are living in fantasy world.lol

  • Paul

    #

    Then of course it could be UB,SA and Strangford !
    Great fun this.
    Posted by alan56 on Mar 27, 2010 @ 10:07 PM

    Yes it is great fun seeing you making a clown of yourself.SH will hold ND as an independent.The rest will stay the same.unless theres unity on FST and SB.cant see that though

  • PACE Parent

    Harry J
    The word on the street is that Willie McCrea is likely to be on a hiding to nothing in S. Antrim. People are suggesting that perhaps he’ll find another funeral to attend or officiate upon on Friday May 7th to avoid the embarrassment. I’ve been told Willie McCrea was elected MP on borrowed votes and he will be reminded of it come election day.

  • alan56

    Ah Paul,
    Sad to have no sense of humour.. oh well.

  • Paul

    #

    Ah Paul,
    Sad to have no sense of humour.. oh well.
    Posted by alan56 on Mar 27, 2010 @ 11:22
    I got a sense of humour every-time i see ucunf mentioned.LMAO

  • Paul

    #

    Harry J
    The word on the street is that Willie McCrea is likely to be on a hiding to nothing in S. Antrim. People are suggesting that perhaps he’ll find another funeral to attend or officiate upon on Friday May 7th to avoid the embarrassment. I’ve been told Willie McCrea was elected MP on borrowed votes and he will be reminded of it come election day.
    Posted by PACE Parent on Mar 27, 2010 @ 11:18 PM

    who did you ask the milkman.LMAO

  • alan56

    Paul,
    You’re going to need it !

  • alan56

    PS. Is Harry’s shift over?

  • Paul

    #

    Paul,
    You’re going to need it !
    Posted by alan56 on Mar 27, 2010 @ 11:31 PM

    Come on seriously if you think UCUNF are going to beat SH in ND you are deluded.I simply cant see any gains for UCUNF anywhere unless theres a deal on FST and SB

  • Paul

    #

    PS. Is Harry’s shift over?
    Posted by alan56 on Mar 27, 2010 @ 11:32 PM

    god knows I am not a DUP voter either however I am a realist

  • cynic47

    Harry is a bit childish at times. Should have been tucked up in bed hours ago especially with the clocks going forward.

    Does anyone know if the legal gags are valid until just after the election? If so could there be quick by-elections?

  • Driftwood

    Does anyone know if the legal gags are valid until just after the election? If so could there be quick by-elections?

    The injunctions are in place until after the election because it’s primarily a BBC investigation. Any revelations before the election could be construed as bias. The BBC is susceptible to any legal challenge given its remit. No matter how powerful the evidence.
    Given that any ‘allegation’ is open to review before the courts.

    There can only,technically, be a by-election on criminal grounds, not moral ones. And therein lies the grey area.

  • Driftwood

    That said, it’s obvious the DUP are now in SF’s back pocket and have moved accordingly. No government cover up. Just politics.

    In Crossgar, I am still unsure if I am in South Down or Strangford for this election. I have leaflets (already) telling me to vote for Jim Shannon and Margaret Ritchie!?!

  • seamus friel

    The only thing Peter has to worry about is if there was a Moriarty or Flood style inquiry into his finances going back 20 years with full aceess to all his declared income and bank accounts and access to all his expenditure including capital over the 20 years. Then the sums would be done .
    SF know a ll about how the DUP especially in Castlereagh operate but not solely there but want to protect thm to stay in power themselves. they aint gonna be asking the right questions just going through the motions instead!!! we have seen this with the Knock Golf Course Scandal

  • Harry J

    #

    So, did he answer Purdy’s question?
    Have the PSNI questioned the arrogant smug trougher?
    Posted by iluvni on Mar 27, 2010 @ 10:44 PM

    yes he did, werent you listening.
    the police have NOT questioned peter because there is no crime.

    and ANYON who thinks UCunf will win even one seat is very deluded. Reg hopefully will run in S Antrim and wee willie will sing him off into his retirement.

    bye bye reg, bye bye UUP.

  • Bungditin

    Harry J – “what lies”

    The Irish News has been persistently reporting that Peter Robinson has lobbied Planning Service in support of a proposal to develop the Knock Golf Club lands – a protected green space. The planning file holds a letter from a private lobbying group indicating the his (PR’s) continued support is crucial in getting this proposal accepted. It was initially recommended for refusal as it was contrary to planning policy.

    More recently, and in light of growing opposition from local East Belfast / Castlereagh residents, his party colleague and Environment Minister Edwin Poots has publically stated the Peter Robinson did not support this proposal.

    Someone in the DUP is telling porkies!

  • cynic47

    Driftwood.

    Boundary changes. I think it might be Strangford now for Crossgar.

    If the allegations come out after the elections maybe there will a few others to join Iris in hiding. If the allegations raise serious moral issues surely the fall out could cause a resignation or two?

  • and ANYON who thinks UCunf will win even one seat is very deluded. Reg hopefully will run in S Antrim and wee willie will sing him off into his retirement

    And ANYON who could possibly see Willie McCrea’s election to parliament as even remotely beneficial to unionism is as deluded as f***

  • Procrasnow

    You know I still cannot get my head around claiming the maximum £400 a month food allowance for all the part time spent in London, Tesco website shows food in London being pretty much the same cost as here, and we are paying a huge chunk for the London Apartment to cook it in. If they spent as much time in London as say Lord Laird does I could understand it, but they cant be in Stormont and London at the same time.

    These expenses come from the taxes of the tax payer which include low income struggling families and pensioners here, for whom £400 for a bed is huge, I do not see the ethic in that, even if it is within the rules made for one-selves by one-selves. I thought the Robinson’s were Christians, you know sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and dont have any debt, reward in heaven not here, This world is not my home, Im just passing through, etc

    My impression is Robinsons are making a nice wee heaven for themselves on the earth,

    But these smears referred to will not alter my voting record for the DUP. I survived a murder attempt as a teenager when the PIRA attempted to kill me and friends, and even though big Ian visited my hospital bed, I would vote for sinn fein before I would vote for DUP, The ‘Dont come crying to me when your (referring to RUC) homes are attacked’ caring party. What a Godly man!

    You can fool some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time.

  • Harry J

    And ANYON who could possibly see Willie McCrea’s election to parliament as even remotely beneficial to unionism is as deluded as f***
    Posted by Conquistador on Mar 28, 2010 @ 03:59 PM

    the votes of S Antrim certainly think so…

  • Harry J, seeing as you think that “ANYON (sic) who thinks UCunf (sic) will win even one seat is very deluded”, how about a little side bet on that?
    How about you pay me £1000 for every UCUNF candidate elected against me paying you £100 for every DUP candidate elected, seeing as it is so deluded?

    Care to put your money where your very big mouth is?

  • andnowwhat

    Why would anyone defend such a little imp who is clearly lining his pockets and making a fool of his electorate to this prsent day (I give you the golf course debacle)?

    Every single journalist that sat in his living room as he read that pathetic statement has cemented their carrer beneath a grave of incredulity by those watching with the slightest inquisition within them.

    Time for him to go but not before the peelers have had a good look at he and his beloved.

  • unionistvoter

    One just hopes we can have an election without the burden of court injunctions and Public Interest Immunity Certificates

  • lamhdearg

    Post 15,
    Not many people will/would defend robinson but they will still vote for him, he is seen as smart in unionist political terms, And many people will forgive him “lining his pockets” in the hope he will act as a more effective bulwark (againist those of a non unionsist belief) than his unionist opponents.

  • Seosamh913

    lamhdearg

    It’s a little condescending to unionists to suggest that Robinson’s the best they’ve got, leaving aisde any suggestion that pockets have been lined – no ?

  • [quote][i]Harry J must be right and I am sure that Peter Robinson is perfectly innocent of any charges of corruption or undue use of influence.

    And until some one can explain to me what connection or area of mutual interest there might possibly exist between a former estate agent and a property developer I shall continue to believe in his innocence.

    I mean, it’s not as if they could possibly have anything in common. Is it?[/i] …. Posted by Rory Carr on Mar 27, 2010 @ 08:23 PM [/quote]

    That was beautifully crafted and very stealthy, Rory. And goodness knows what info is flowing between the Old and New Guard for the Best in Policing and Security Services with Beta Policed and Secured Server Facilities and Faculties.

    If anyone in Public life has anything untoward and/or unpleasant and/or criminal which they don’t want exposing because of the damage it will do them and their close circle of dear friends and esteemed colleagues/honourable members, now is a no better time to be announcing it is a good time to be citing exhaustion as a valid reason to be “spending more time with the family”.

    For there have been changes which you will not be made aware of …… http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/7532996/Ageing-spies-unable-to-use-the-internet.html …… and Everyones Secrets now belong to an Altogether Different Team of Lode Ore MetaDataMiners/Raw Source Analysts.

    And this is Scary Spooky for All Involved when true, and could easily explain an Indecently Quick Conversion ……. to a Faith Foundation and Business offering Experienced Prime Ministered Advice. ……with a Wide Range of Available Special Services ranging from the Micro State to a Macro of Abused States. An unprecedented 100 year embargo on Operation Ore information would be a most inconvenient truth to uncover and hear categorically denied, if defended with a tissue of lies and misspeaks and grossly indecent indignant mumbles.

    [quote][i] There have been a number of accusations and leaks flying the net for some time, alleging Gordon Brown is a paedophile, along with a few high ranking labour party members and government ministers, whose identities were revealed in Operation Ore.

    Tony Blair, in power at the time, put 100 year security on any government names that came up in Scotland Yard’s operation, citing national security as the reason ???

    http://thetruthseeker.co.uk/article.asp?ID=12246 [/i][/quote] ………………….. http://tinyurl.com/forbiddensweets

  • iluvni

    8.#
    So, did he answer Purdy’s question?
    Have the PSNI questioned the arrogant smug trougher?
    Posted by iluvni on Mar 27, 2010 @ 10:44 PM

    yes he did, werent you listening.
    the police have NOT questioned peter because there is no crime.

    Posted by Harry J on Mar 28, 2010 @ 02:50 PM

    I didnt see the ‘keynote address’.
    I didnt find the answer to Purdy’s question in this blog. Still havent.
    Did Robinson reply with a ‘no’ when asked if the PSNI had questioned him, or was his reply only to say “have you any other smearing questions to ask?”

  • [quote][i]Have the PSNI questioned the arrogant smug trougher?[/i] … Posted by iluvni on Mar 27, 2010 @ 10:44 PM

    Surely that would be something very easily found out by the likes of an Eamonn Mallie to report back on to the board and its members.

    And what conclusions and decisions have been made by the PSNI with regard to public concerns, would also be valid questions of our public servants. One imagines that they would be most pleased to be shown to be more than capable of dealing with such matters, and being a firm and fair investigative force, no matter who might be sitting in a plush public office and trying to wield controlling power, or trying to cynically abuse it by pulling on their independent strings.

    What [b]does[/b] Chief Constable Matt Baggott have to say on the matter, being as it is his “[i]greatest professional privilege[/i]”.”[i]to take policing forward into the future[/i]”…….. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/8267556.stm

  • Mick Fealty

    I don’t want to throw cold water on a hot conversation, but can people please be reminded that staying on the right side of the law is crucial to keep such open spaces open!!

  • Still waiting Harry J

  • Harry J

    Did Robinson reply with a ‘no’ when asked if the PSNI had questioned him

    yes he did

  • Harry J

    Care to put your money where your very big mouth is?
    Posted by Intelligence Insider on Mar 28, 2010 @ 04:21 PM

    UUP troll, i dont need to bet lets just wait 6 weeks and meet back here and see who is right.

    In 6 weeks time Ucunf will be finished , reg will be resigning and Basil, Danny and McNasty will be fighting over the remains of the Ulster Unionist Party.

  • [quote][i]I don’t want to throw cold water on a hot conversation, but can people please be reminded that staying on the right side of the law is crucial to keep such open spaces open!![/i]….. Posted by Mick Fealty on Mar 29, 2010 @ 05:05 PM [/quote]

    Quite so, Mick. That is very sound advice. And should ever the law think that anyone has overstepped the mark with something shared on Slugger, please be most forthright in sharing their view and highlighting the illegal words so that they can be more carefully examined by your supporters. Sometimes, and some would even say too oft, is the law a self-serving ass of a tool for undereducated arrogant abuse which would conspire to ignore and pervert the course of justice or spread fear with the threat of action in order to effect a concealing censorship of pertinent and impertinent facts which are freely available elsewhere.

  • granni trixie

    amanfrommars: so aptly nameed.

  • lamhdearg

    post 15,”It’s a little condescending to unionists to suggest that Robinson’s the best they’ve got, – no ?” I wright only off those he will come up against in may/june, Sorry it has taken so long to reply.

  • Drumlins Rock

    “They have not laid a glove on me…”

    I guess Peter likes to get his punches in first. With the media that is, of course.