Northern chauvinists like me who may hold differing opinions may still want to vote North in the great RTE competition that ends tonight. So go to! Details in the website and in this letter to the Irish Times from my very old (I mean long time) friend. It’s short notice I know but longer than for Strictly or X Factor. Vote now for John Hume.
The Editor, The Irish Times
As a friend of John & Pat Hume I would like to ask your readers to vote for John Hume in RTE’s current competition which ends this Friday evening 22nd October 2010.
All of the other contenders either did, have done, or are doing great work. John Hume however I believe has been instrumental in fundamentally altering for the better the lives of everybody on this island both North & South in a way that will be felt for generations to come.
At this stage in his career I think it would be a great tribute to him to win the RTE contest and therefore I would ask your readers to please vote for John Hume.
Voting can be achieved by texting GREAT4 to 53125 (this number applies both North & South) or Telephone from the Republic 1513 717 104 or from the North 0901 6565 804.
Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London