Robinson back on the attack with the media…

DUP leader Peter Robinson turned personal on myself and the BBC’s political editor Mark Devenport today when we dared to challenge his bonafides and leadership in the wake of the controversy surrounding his private life. Launching his party’s election manifesto in a tense atmosphere in ‘the upper room’ in the Ulster Hall, the DUP leader unleashed his tongue, firstly against TUV leader Jim Allister and his party, before rattle snaking myself and Mr. Devenport. He was regularly shielded by his number two, Nigel Dodds, who remained dignified throughout.
When asked why Jim Allister scarcely got a mention in his address unlike his obsession with the TUV boss at the party’s annual conference Mr. Robinson said:

“I think more and more people regard the TUV as being so negative without any policies or strategies to bring unionism forward, that while they can vote for them as a protest, they are not prepared to vote for them to get the job done – so I am not concerned or obsessed with Jim Allister or the TUV but I do have a responsibility to alert the unionist community that if they really do want to make Northern Ireland work – if they do want to see Northern Ireland really work, they have to go out and vote for it, and that means going out to vote for the DUP, and not for those who would take us back to the bad old days of the past.”

I was now given the microphone to put one question to the First Minister (this short section has been YouTubed here). “Are you aware, no matter where I go or my colleagues go, you’re the one about whom everyone wants to speak.

“They want you to answer the question that remains unanswered and I would be abdicating if I didn’t ask the question. Can you explain and tell the electorate and the constituency across Northern Ireland, why you entered into that deal with Fred Fraser if you had access to your own garden….Why did you do it ? I asked.

Mr Robinson said:

“I have no difficulty because I have clarified it before. I made it clear and the BBC programme made it clear itself, that I got what was market value for my land, no uplift at all.

“BBC programme also made it clear that I had access on a free standing site if I had wanted to develop myself but I am not a developer and therefore didn’t do it myself and therefore facilitated, not buying the land, but facilitated a transfer from one developer to another so that the site could go ahead and my neighbours would also be able to benefit from it as well. No story. No benefit at all”

(Thunderous applause.)

Mark Devenport intervened at this point:

“I’ll pick up on Eamonn’s one. The TUV would say that the DUP’s mired by scandal. Is your leadership of benefit to the party or is it detracting from the party?”

Nigel Dodds jumped in and grabbed the reins:

“We pay tribute to Peter’s leadership at a very difficult time in the political process.”

(More thunderous applause.)

Peter Robinson then seized the microphone at this point:

“You wonder why it’s always the same journalists from the same areas that ask these kind of questions. If Eamonn Mallie says everywhere he goes it just shows the kind of people he’s meeting with. Doesn’t it?”

Mr. Robinson should know many of them might not be too far away from him.

It is early days in this election. The atmosphere is likely to remain tense anywhere Peter Robinson is. The challenge to the media is to remain professional and to remember what our role is.

  • FitzjamesHorse

    The challenge to the Media isnt so much to “remain professional” as to “become professional”…at least thats what many might think.
    Still it would be kinda amusing if it hadnt been for the fact that just a few short months ago………Mr Mallie, Mr Devenport (as well as Mr Reid and Mr Gorman) were facilitating Mr Robinson at his “broken man” conference in the same house with the same back garden..

  • Still don’t understand why Mr Robinson was required in the transfer of that strip of land from one developer to another. How was it helping. Why didn’t Fraser not just transfer directly?

  • unionistvoter

    but in facilitating the transfer how much did he lose and why after all there would have been legal fees associated with the transfer that were not recouped in selling it on

  • Driftwood

    Can any journalist (with a background in economics)ask Robinson why he personally is very ,very well off, but his manifesto is just an elongated ‘begging bowl’ style plea for NI to be treated as some Soviet satellite.

    Summed up nicely here by his successor in East Belfast

    http://www.voteforchangeni.com/election-candidates/east-belfast-trevor-ringland/news/only-conservatives-and-unionists-can-strengthen-northern-ireland-s-influence-at-westminster.php

  • slug

    The DUP are weakened by all this talk of developers.

  • Driftwood
  • FitzjamesHorse

    Yep slug…….and we can look forward to our fearless media asking the difficult questions and hinting broadly where they are getting their information.
    Nigel Dodds is of course fully behind his leader.

    Those Blueberry things will be active tonight.
    Easier to get info that way.

  • Harry J

    so driftwood, DUP have a begging bowl, then tell us where are the CUs going to get the finace to run NI?

    the truth is they have sold out to the Tories, who will LOSE this election forcing cameron and empey to go.

    Labour and Libs will forms a coaliton and change to PR therefore excluding the tories for many many years

  • Philip

    Eamonn Mallie is sensationalising this. It was no big deal. It was a controlled response by Peter Robinson, and i think Eamonn is trying to make more out of this than there is. Just like Mr. Robinson said about the land deal, so about Eamonn Mallie`s report…….NO STORY !

  • Harry J

    what government are any UCUNFS going to be part of as the Tories are losing this election hands down.

    Cameron has panicked and changed his election broadcast.

    bye bye dave, bye bye reg

  • Bob Wilson

    Did any of the media ask why they thought the next Govt would agree to cut Corporation tax and let the Englsih, Scots and Welsh suffer the cost?

  • Bob Wilson

    The DUP are oppposed to any increase in National Insurance i.e. they go further than the Tories who only oppose the increase on those earning under £44,000. Did any of the media ask how, given the Tories have faced tough questioning on their plans, how the DUP’s more expensive plans would be afforded?

  • Bungditin

    Why is the BBC accepting that Peter Robinson “…had access on a free standing site if I had wanted to develop myself” if he has never applied for or obtained planning permission for such a proposal?

    Firstly, I have serious doubts that he could actually provide the required access standards and visibility splays to open up his site without requiring additional, (worthless?) slivers of land from neighbouring properties, particularly as there is no footpath at the front of his house and the grass verge is narrow where the critical visibility splay needs to be provided.

    Secondly, even if he could manage to accommodate an unadopted road (very doubtful), he would be limited to 5 housing sites, including his own, and unable to provide through access to the other backland sites. The Planners often refer to this type of proposal as “piecemeal” development which can represent valid grounds for refusal.

    The Beeb could easily disprove his unsubstantiate claims by commissioning a roads engineer to assess the minimum standards, within the context of his site frontage, road alignment and speed of traffic.

  • Harry J

    Did any of the media ask why they thought the next Govt would agree to cut Corporation tax and let the Englsih, Scots and Welsh suffer the cost?

    Well bob, your lack of NI history shows why the Tories will be as rejected here as they will be in GB

  • Bob Wilson

    Is the DUP plan to cut VAT on construction to 5% legal under EU law? Even if it was why would any incoming Govt agree to it?
    Would the DUP/SF threaten to scream and scream until their sick if they werent given this?

    Did the media – esp UTV who gave this policy a bold graphic headline – ask any probing questions?

    Did BBC, UTV, News Letter, Belfast Tele and Irish News editors and correspodents turn up? And if so why did they not ask any of these questions?

    Are they like their political counter parts Old Ken, et al out of their depth or just past it?

  • Bob Wilson

    That’s hardly an answer Harry J. Why would any incoming Govt grant the DUP demand to cut corportion tax and let England, Scotland and Wales pick up the tab?
    Mind you Robinson and Wilson taking differing views on this.
    DUP are economically illiterate – apart from dealing in property it seems

  • Harry J

    oh dear , poor bob isnt taking the news that the tories are losing the election too well.

    Im sure teh dup, unfettered by the Tories will be able to negotiate with the Lab/Lib government.

  • Booooombast

    It wouldn’t be like Mallie and his super-inflated ego to chat sensationalist bollocks.

    Robbo is there for the taking, it’s just a pity we have a bunch of media whore journalist as inept as Out of their depth as the feckers in Stormont.

  • John East Belfast

    That quoted paragraph

    “I think more and more ……”

    is straight out of the pro agreement unionist handbook 2003 – 2005. Is David Trimble now writing his speeches ?

    I think Robinson has now moved from scheming to total dilusion

    “… make NI work ..?”

    That is what we were saying years ago

  • Harry J

    Why would any incoming Govt grant the DUP demand to cut corportion tax and let England, Scotland and Wales pick up the tab?

    think about it bob? which other part of the UK is landlocked to another Euro country with lower Corp Tax rates?

    or is it Tory policy just to let NI suffer.

    wait yes it is

    thank god we wont have a Tory government after May 6th

  • Harry J

    Mind you Robinson and Wilson taking differing views on this…
    er no theyre not

    Sammy was commenting onthe STUPID UCUCNF idea to give us a lower corp tax but for it to be paid by taking HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS out of the block grant, and that after any tory cutbacks

    thank god we wont have a Tory government after May 6th

  • Harry J

    That is what we were saying years ago
    Posted by John East Belfast on Apr 19, 2010 @ 09:58 PM

    was that when you had armed terrorists in the government?

  • Mick Fealty

    Drift,

    Trevor’s a mate, but such blatant shilling for a candidate in a discussion forum does not look good for either you or him.

  • Harry J

    Oh dear there are a lot of upset Ucunfs on here tonight.

    Don`t worry im sure reg and david will find something else to do after may 6th

  • alan56

    Harry J
    Why do you despise the Tories so much, and how would you deal with them if they were the Govt that you despise. Characterise the relationship if you would. It seems from what you say that Reg would be in a better position to influence?

  • Comrade Stalin

    Hats off to Mallie and Davenport for persisting with the “awkward questions”.

    Driftwood, you’re a joke. And not a very funny one.

  • Harry J

    ther tories wont be the next government

    and tell me please Alan, with 2 weeks to go to the election what gems has Reg achieved for NI?

  • dundonald voter

    Labour and Libs will forms a coaliton and change to PR therefore excluding the tories for many many years

    Posted by Harry J on Apr 19, 2010 @ 09:27 PM

    harry are you no0w saying the dupes will work with the lib dems and labour party? are the dup a unionist party? the reason i ask you this is that the lib dems when last they were in power gave the unionist people the dreaded home rule bill. labour are an active reunification party. you see the dupes dont know what they are. footnote carson and craig the ones dodds refers to in the dupes vid were conservative and unionist jut a wee thought

  • Itwas SammyMcNally whatdoneit

    Eamonn,

    Presumably when you (rightly) question someone’s integrity you expect a robust response which is designed to both discourage and undermine any negative conclusions – hopefully this thread is not an indication that you are feeling the pressure but rather that you are going to continue with more of the same.

  • dundonald voter

    The 72 page DUP manifesto is stuffed full of proposals on everything from creating a special economic zone here to cutting the number of departments both at Stormont and at Whitehall.

    On the economy, the DUP backs reducing VAT on construction work to 5% and lowering corporation tax. However did anyone consult the Finance Minister Sammy Wilson about this? The DUP manifesto says “We have a particularly strong case in Northern Ireland for a reduction in corporation tax. Northern Ireland suffers from having a land border with another EU state and a step change is needed in the province’s economy. Any reduction in corporation tax for Northern Ireland should not be on the basis of a compensating reduction from elsewhere or the Northern Ireland block grant. ”

    However a Stormont written answer published today from Sammy Wilson on a recent Economic Reform Group report advocating such a measure argues the Group’s understanding is flawed and the Finance Minister “would advise against engaging further with HM Treasury on this issue at this point in time.” Maybe Sammy will argue there’s no direct contradiction because the DUP manifesto is calling for no cut to the local budget. Nevertheless the tone of his answer seems to jar with the manifesto pledge
    just to let you know for sure harry the dupes economic policies. its official the dupes dont no their arse from their elbow!!!

  • alan56

    Harry J
    Didnt really answer my question?

  • tyrone_taggart

    “carson and craig the ones dodds refers to in the dupes vid were conservative and unionist jut a wee thought”

    Now why did the Unionist party break the link with the Conservative party?

  • alan56

    Should marital fidelity really be an issue in this election, and if so why?

  • Re-engaged

    Where do you start on this:
    – Eamonn are you now so desperate to raise a thread that falling out with Peter is big news – or do you just miss the Big Man too much… One thinks you squeal to loud
    – Again what is the fascination with PR with GA wandering round West Belfast in a media free vacuum or does those 40% of weapons set aside for investigative reports?
    – Bob – you are not on top of the game – the EU according to our government only allows certain funding go to other areas of Europe and you can get 3 times as much – it’s called negotiation!!!
    – I’ve now decided to ignore Harry J – is undying loyalty is admiral but…
    – DC – you and Dundonald Voter really need to get some emotional management training but I believe you can get cheap fligts for late May to Latvia or Romania

    However you really must query Trevor Ringlands piece – appreciate not many will pick up on this but surely this tells us that liberal unionism is not going down well in East Belfast therefore Ms Long is doing better out and about. This is only conjecture but negative campagining is usually a sign of desperation

  • John East Belfast

    Harry

    Apart from the fact that we collapsed the Assemby 3 times for lack fo disarmament they are the same terrorists who became best friends with your Party founder and past leader.

    The bottom line is you were slow to see the bigger picture – indeed I suggest the vast majority of your party still doesnt see it – and you displayed breathtaking hypocracy in your U turns and breaking of past election pledges.

    We have all moved on but as you are soon to find out the TUV, UUP and a high proportion of the floating unionists have not forgotten.

    Your party may know the Pro Agreement unionist words but you cant keep up with the tune.

    Meanwhile Pro Agreement Unionism has moved on again – this time engaging with UK national politics and making friends there. Unfortunately for the DUP that is one immitation you cant make as there is nobody in GB who would want anything to do with your party.

  • George

    Harry J,
    Im sure teh dup, unfettered by the Tories will be able to negotiate with the Lab/Lib government.

    But the DUP would have absolutely nothing to bargain with.

    A Lab/Lib government would have quite a clear majority and, in case you didn’t know, you generally need to have something to offer in a negotiation.

    In the situation of a Lab/Lib government, the DUP would not be negotiating as they have nothing to offer in return, they would be at best representing a view, at worst begging.

  • John East Belfast

    Re-engaged

    I cant see your problem with Trevor’s piece ?

    He is challenging the DUP’s assertion that it is better to be non aligned so as to use influence in the interests of NI only – however that is not unionism – that is N.Irish nationalism.

    It is better to deliver NI MPs who are engaged in national politics and indeed maybe even someone could actually serve in the Cabinet. Anyone with vision (ie Trevor) can see that prospect as being of far more importance to the Union than the kind of parochail selfishness and detachment being offered by the DUP.

    As for you bringing Naomi Long into it ? – there will be time to have a go at Alliance policies too – but this particular issue was about the UCUNF & the DUP

  • Re-engaged

    Why do Ulster Unionists who delivered 50 years of mis-rule in NI still have this high minded need to see themselves as the only principled, thinking and right to rule people in our country? Surely a party who since wee Jim too today no UU leader has stood for anything meaningful but swung between falling in behind the DUP (Anglo Irish Agreement), SDLP / Irish Govt / British Govt (GFA), PUP (failed link with David Ervine) and now full circle to the Conservatives. What does this tell us forward thinking or just a party with no soul?

  • Bob Bob

    If everyone knew about Jeffrey Donaldson and Willie McCrea the DUP would be down to 7 seats. Ain’t that right Harry J?

  • DC

    Re-engaged, I will get some emotional management if Peter Robinson comes with me, perhaps I can get it in the same place Iris is managing hers?

  • John East Belfast

    Re-engaged

    I think you must have originally disengaged about 1995 and have just woken from a long sleep

  • Harry J

    Apart from the fact that we collapsed the Assemby 3 times for lack fo disarmament they are the same terrorists who became best friends with your Party founder and past leader. – only to let them back in

    are the same terrorists who became best friends with your Party founder and past leader.-

    except we waited til they gave up their war and supported the police and courts.

    Meanwhile Pro Agreement Unionism has moved on again – this time engaging with UK national politics and making friends there. –

    except , as usual, reg picked the wrong horse.
    He tried it with the PUP, TUV and now the Tories who will be locked out of power for a generation due to PR being brought in by a Lab/Lib government

    Bye Reg Bye Dave, Bye Ucunf

  • Newman

    Hope Alliance voters realise that the only propect of unseating Robinson is to vote for Ringland and hope that enough hardliners will plump for Vance

  • Harry J
  • dundonald voter

    DC – you and Dundonald Voter really need to get some emotional management training but I believe you can get cheap fligts for late May to Latvia or Romania would that be the same course your booked on rengaged. you come on one day and attack evryone for some one so calm for one day you have done all right for someone who sounds very frustrated. is it beacuse you were once disengaged and have recently become rengaged?

  • dundonald voter

    except we waited til they gave up their war and supported the police and courts another little gem from harry j. notice he didnt say decommision all their weapons. by the way harry do you not know sinn feinn support all the above because raymond mccartney sits on the board with him not in our political lifetime morrow!!! no wonder they support

  • DC

    @Hope Alliance voters realise that the only propect of unseating Robinson is to vote for Ringland and hope that enough hardliners will plump for Vance

    Isn’t Nick Clegg going to be the next PM? Now that is Voting for Change, Naomi Long and Nick Clegg as Lib Dem PM, rather than the much vaunted, if not more hoped for UCUNF-Tory-Cameron link up, which is fast going flat!

    Sure Alliance voters have suffered 30+ years under Robinson, I reckon they can hold out a bit longer and stick to their guns.

    But still, who am I to hold an opinion against the very opinionated Peter Robinson, the man himself?

    I’m not worthy so I’ll scuttle off now back from whence I came.

  • dundonald voter

    Bye Reg Bye Dave, Bye Ucunf harry the way your leader the punt is reacting to the media i have a feeling hes panicking. as i said to you before i think its more bye bye peter than it will be bye bye reg

  • dundonald voter

    Bye Reg Bye Dave, Bye Ucunf harry the way your leader the punt is reacting to the media i have a feeling hes panicking. as i said to you before i think its more bye bye peter than it will be bye bye reg

  • John East Belfast

    Harry

    Any fruit the DUP ultimately enjoyed on their watch was planted, pruned and nurtured by the Ulster Unionist Party arising from the risks taken and sacrifices made by it.

    Ultimately time will be on our side and the only thing the DUP called right was its own selfish interest to be king of the castle.

    That is how history will be written – I hope you are young enough to read it.

    As for backing the wrong horse – I think Cameron’s conservatism and unionist vision is the one that represents our view of the world.

    As for PR – I think parties like the DUP have more to fear from PR than centre ground parties like UCUNF

  • dundonald voter

    However you really must query Trevor Ringlands piece – appreciate not many will pick up on this but surely this tells us that liberal unionism is not going down well in East Belfast therefore Ms Long is doing better out and about. This is only conjecture but negative campagining is usually a sign of desperation

    Posted by Re-engaged on Apr 19, 2010 @ 10:34 PM

    are you for real with this piece disengaged? disengaged corrupted unionism is not going down to well. and if you want to look at desperation look at the punt interview with seamus and listen to his interview with eamon now thats desperation

  • Driftwood

    Mick Fealty
    fair enough, but it was relevant to Eamonn’s blog.

    Comrade
    I try not to take myself too seriously, you should try it. I’ve still got a few quid on Naomi at 100/1. I would still prefer her to Robinson.

    But I’m not in East Belfast. Since TR and NL aren’t that far apart I suppose David Vance could make a difference, this election should surely throw up some hope that REAL politics emerges here.

  • GFASupporterButRealist

    MORE QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED; LET’S NOT FORGET: can one of our intrepid journalists ask the question to which after weeks (months) there is STILL no answer from Peter Robinson, i.e., he promised to release the “opinion” of Paul Maguire, QC, and it has not been released so we can see how narrow or broad the terms-of-reference into this investigation were re. Iris Robinson’s dealings and what connection Peter R had, or not. Secondly, who paid for this legal opinion ? Was it P R himself or the Executive ? Did the taxpayers foot the bill ? If so, what was the bill ? And are any other legal fees being paid by the taxpayers of the UK as a result of the Fred Fraser/Five-Quid deal ? These are important matters of public interest and should be answered. Still waiting…..And can we have some questions in the Assembly about all this and a requirement for Peter R or Sammy Wilson to be transparent, or wd that be too much to hope for from a party which is economical with the truth ?

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  • dundonald voter

    However you really must query Trevor Ringlands piece – appreciate not many will pick up on this but surely this tells us that liberal unionism is not going down well in East Belfast therefore Ms Long is doing better out and about. This is only conjecture but negative campagining is usually a sign of desperation re engaged i will give you the above piont about ms long. high profile good work in the area comes across as a genuine person and could do well if the liberal and moderate come out to vote. def a dark horse and could be a surprise win here.

  • dundonald voter

    gfa supporter you will never get to the truth with the dup. they cant even spell it anymore and its got that bad they dont even realise when its a lie and when its the truth. all that spinning has turned their heads. notice were the punt had his manifesto launch to day? he cant even have it in east belfast anymore. maybe the campaign in the east isnt going as well as they say

  • ding dong

    Has anyone wateched the DUP’s election broadcast – what’s with the faux Cameron stuff Harry, and which nodding dog are you? that was crap – even though they say imitation is the highest form of flattery .

    But on a serious note, where has Peter’s wardrobe mistress gone, crap shirt, crap look – at least when the mistress was about she knew ow to dress Peter.

    there are bad election broadcasts out there but this is probably the worst

    Good luck winning with that one

  • joeCanuck

    Classic shoot the messenger stuff.

    “..the same journalists from the same areas..”

    “..it just shows the kind of people he’s meeting with…”

    How do you whisper “taigs” these days?

  • iluvni

    In Mallie’s youtube, its not his question or Robinson’s response which is shocking, its the assembled sheep cheering and roaring their approval for a leader mired in sleaze, greed and scandal.
    I suppose the majority of them would claim to be born again Christians as well?

  • dundonald voter

    iluvini its one rule for them and another for the rest of us!1

  • dundonald voter

    iluvini its one rule for them and another for the rest of us!1

  • dundonald voter

    iluvini its one rule for them and another for the rest of us!1

  • dundonald voter

    the thing is the punt has brasened this out and you can tell why with them self flattering people who clapped to day. but one thing he cant brasen it out with the electorate and we will see if there are the same cheers on election day. ive a feeling there will be a lot of unhappy dupes

  • joeCanuck

    Time for a new nickname: Peter the Punt Philanthropist.

  • Lionel Hutz

    Does no-one else see the great Irony in Peter Robinson advocating economic unity with Ireland. Perhaps he and Fianna Fall have been exchanging developing chat up lines?

  • seandubh

    Peter Robinson is a hypocrite,we tighter our belts he fills his boots.If my wife was as ill as Iris I would be looking after her ,not trying to scrape my way out by putting the people first,the only people put first are the swish blinds Robinsons,lets close the curtains on them

  • seandubh

    Peter Robinson is a hypocrite,we tighter our belts he fills his boots.If my wife was as ill as Iris I would be looking after her ,not trying to scrape my way out by putting the people first,the only people put first are the swish blinds Robinsons,lets close the curtains on them

  • Eamonn,

    Perhaps you could ask Peter Robinson the next time he needs the media spotlight if he is going to saddle the population/use public funds to reimburse Presbyterian Mutual Society gamblers who lost on their bets?

    It will create a interesting precedent then for any who have gambled recklessly or taken advice which is less than complete, allowing as it would, a legitimate claim on the public purse.

  • Eamonn,

    Perhaps you could ask Peter Robinson the next time he needs the media spotlight if he is going to saddle the population/use public funds to reimburse Presbyterian Mutual Society gamblers who lost on their bets?

    It will create a interesting precedent then for any who have gambled recklessly or taken advice which is less than complete, allowing as it would, a legitimate claim on the public purse.

  • Comrade Stalin

    John,

    Meanwhile Pro Agreement Unionism has moved on again – this time engaging with UK national politics and making friends there.

    That’s a funny way to spell “making idiots out of our Tory allies by opposing their policy on the devolution of policing and justice”. Not forgetting that the incompetence of your local press corps allowed Seamus McKee to make a complete fool out of Theresa May.

    But I’m not in East Belfast. Since TR and NL aren’t that far apart

    There are a number of crucial differences. First, NL has been representing East Belfast for some time and has a wealth of experience in politics, which Trevor doesn’t. Secondly, Trevor is, unfortunately, a member of a party which is participating in a sectarian pact in FST, whose party leader and MLAs vote along homophobic lines, and who couldn’t even bring themselves to vote for an SDLP paper candidate for the Justice ministry despite saying they were going to for several weeks up to the vote. UCUNF are a joke party and Trevor is damaging himself by being associated with them.

    I suppose David Vance could make a difference, this election should surely throw up some hope that REAL politics emerges here.

    Vance won’t make a difference, he has no interest beyond self-publicity.

  • orly

    Harry J,

    You seem pretty high on pushing this idea of the Tories losing out from PR and Labour somehow benefiting from it.

    Are you not aware having a different system from FPTP would take scores of seats away from Labour at a stroke?

  • percy

    surely the name “allister” and “alliteration” ought to go some way on the spoof-o-meter.
    I’d suggest “alligator” and see how that goes…

  • Framer

    Whenever single Unionist candidates are decided on, they are asked about operating a sectarian headcount, and nationalists speak of “squalid sectarian” pacts.

    When Sinn Fein tries to “maximise nationalist representation” and create a pan-nationalist front with the SDLP in South Belfast, BBC interviewers don’t ask the same question.

    Why? (e.g. Seamus McKee’s non-question on Radio Ulster’s Evening Extra last night).

  • mogambo

    I do find myself in agreement.
    I am irritated to say the least, by our incisive and learned journalists who wrongly and continuously refer to these people as PMS rs! They were never savers. They were and are investers ….how many times are investers told ‘Please remember the value of your investment can go down as well as up’ ….if PMS investers had received a windfall, how much of that could the public have claimed….?

  • Flip

    I would recommend taking your frustrations about Robinson out on the DUP canvassers on your doorstep over the next week or two. I did last night, can’t repeat what I said on Slugger but the canvasser was really reasonable about it. He asked me why I felt that Robinson was unsuitable for office, listened, took it on board, thanked me and left. Great therapy, democracy in action…

  • madraj55

    It appears from this blog that Robbo has been at the Mr Hyde juice again, after his Dr Jeyckll persona reasserted itself following his rant on Good Friday. perhaps he was celebrating it’s anniversary, but I doubt it. You have to hand it to PR. He’s pure entertainment value these times.