Spiteful Peter launches broadside at Nolan during Party Speech

Peter Robinson has used his Party Leader speech at the DUP Conference to make a particularly vindictive attack on the BBC Radio Ulster presenter, Stephen Nolan, including a jibe which could be interpreted as attacking the presenter for being overweight. Here’s the rather extraordinary text:

That’s why I am tired of listening to the professional nay sayers who seem intent on talking Northern Ireland and democratic politicians down. They criticise politicians but are never prepared to stand for office themselves. They are an authority on everything, but have a mandate for nothing. There’s one who comes on our radio every morning – well, at least those mornings his alarm clock is working. And while he’s eating his crisps and Mars bars (my emphasis) he’s either putting the worst possible construction on what politicians are trying to do – or encouraging others to do so.
Well, it’s easy to pick holes in other people’s work. It’s harder to pick up the gauntlet and do it yourself. It’s not the size of your jaws – it’s the size of your vote that gives you the right to speak for the people. Steven, you might have the biggest show in the country, but by the will of the people, we’ve the biggest vote in the country.

There is ‘history‘ between the Robinsons and Nolan. It was on Nolan’s morning programme that Iris Robinson made her remarkable comments about homosexuals.

Robinson’s line of attack is surprising as it assumes that the public can not appreciate for themselves the reasons why it is important to have a scrutinising media. Whether or not journalists have -or ever intend to- contest elections is really a moot point.

Coming so soon after The Irish News revealed that Peter Robinson had refused to co-operate with the paper for the past two years, it would appear that the Angry Man image Robinson had been seeking to jettison has never looked more fitting.

  • Decimus

    Chris,

    Your point is made rather moot by the fact that Nolan makes his scoffing of crisps and Mars bars a bit of a comedic trademark. If he mocks himself for being a glutton it can hardly be vindictive for other people to play along with him.

  • Chris Donnelly

    Decimus
    First, Robinson suggested that Nolan was ‘lazy’ by inferring he doesn’t show up for work every day.

    Then he immediately refers to the presenter’s eating habits.

    Even a child could connect the dots…

  • Decimus

    Chris,

    Do you listen to Nolan at all? He spends quite a bit of his show being moicked by his camp assistant about how much he eats and how lazy he is. It’s part of the brand. You can’t call Robinson vindictive for playing along with Nolan’s game.

  • Turgon

    It is interesting to note the enthusiasm Mr. Donnelly has to spin Peter Robinson’s speech away from its themes of inclusivity, moving forward and reaching out to Catholics.

    Maybe Robinson’s remarks like “As a united community we can prosper and flourish.” make republicans scared.

    Even a child can connect the dots…

  • Comrade Stalin

    Chris:

    First, Robinson suggested that Nolan was ‘lazy’ by inferring he doesn’t show up for work every day.

    Well he doesn’t.

    I don’t think anyone is going to lose any sleep over Robinson’s jibes. The main reason why they were probably ill-advised is because Nolan tends to relish being mentioned by politicians, and he’ll keep playing back that clip of the speech all week to show everyone how much the politicians are snarked by him.

    Turgon :

    It is interesting to note the enthusiasm Mr. Donnelly has to spin Peter Robinson’s speech away from its themes of inclusivity, moving forward and reaching out to Catholics.

    If Robinson was so concerned about putting this message across he’d have ensured the speech did not contain any other elements likely to draw attention away from it.

  • The Raven

    “he’s either putting the worst possible construction on what politicians are trying to do – or encouraging others to do so”

    Is this not true? Is this not what Nolan does…?

    …”it assumes that the public can not appreciate for themselves the reasons why it is important to have a scrutinising media….”

    And if Nolan is the best attempt at that, then the fault lies with the public. This is, I suppose, free speech. If this is very best that we can muster in terms of a scrutinsing media, something has gone very wrong. It is the very disingenuous nature of the Steve’ll Fix It show that bothers me. I’m just waiting for the ghost-written autobiography.

    Peter and his party turn my stomach. But there is *nothing* wrong or incorrect with what he has said today in the context of this thread.

  • The Raven

    “If Robinson was so concerned about putting this message across he’d have ensured the speech did not contain any other elements likely to draw attention away from it.”

    …or rather, he would do – if he had proper speech writers…

  • Chris Donnelly

    Turgon
    If you’d open your ears you’ll find that republican leaders have been using such rhetoric as part of their speeches- at party Ard Fheis and elsewhere- for many years.

    Indeed, the attendance and speech by Rev. Latimer at this year’s Sinn Fein conference was a testament to that fact.

    And we all know what you thought of that…and him.

    C Stalin
    I’m quite aware of Nolan’s conduct on his own show, and also the fact that he’ll regard these comments as grist to the mill.

    But it doesn’t detract from the fact that Robinson’s comments reflect a vindictive streak which is consistent with his treatment of the Irish News.

  • Decimus

    Indeed, the attendance and speech by Rev. Latimer at this year’s Sinn Fein conference was a testament to that fact.

    Chris,

    Nothing to do with McGuinness’s ill fated venture south then?

  • Turgon

    Donnelly,
    Interesting that you mention Latimer’s speech: indeed republicans seem to have liked it; it is reproduced in full on Sinn Fein’s website. That stands in contrast to the distinct lack of mention of John McAllister’s more recent speech to a Sinn Fein meeting.

  • Chris Donnelly

    Decimus
    Hardly. Latimer was not the first unionist to appear at a Sinn Fein conference, nor do I suspect will he be the last.

  • sbelfastunionist

    On a slightly deeper analysis, thought it was interesting that Robinson singled out Nolan for comment but not Elliot or Allister. Is the subliminal message that only Nolan is coming close to acting as an opposition?

  • Chris Donnelly

    Turgon
    Actually both speeches provide evidence of a willingness by republicans to provide a space for unionists to address a republican audience directly.

    It is consistent with the developing republican narrative since the 1990s which has reached a point where republicans are able to put forward policies arguing for equal status for the Union Flag and Irish Tricolour from public premises.

    The key difference is that Robinson’s DUP- like political unionism in general- has yet to appreciate the need to accept and embrace the legitimacy of Irish nationalism/ republicanism as part of a broader strategy aimed at winning support for the Union.

    They’re stuck with the fanciful notion that good ‘catholics’ can be won over to British Ulster, as opposed to the rest of that lot being Irish nationalist.

    Thus, we get the ‘catholic’ reference instead of one directed at ‘nationalists.’

    Ironically, all strands of mainstream nationalist opinion in Ireland have long moved past the idea that protestant support for a future involving a single Irish political entity could be won short of finding a space in the Irish nationalist narrative for the Britishness of the protestant/ unionist populace.

  • lamhdearg

    chris,should you not leave the “whatabout” to the comenters.
    Cs, has this covered.

  • lamhdearg

    mm

  • dennis the menace

    “Turgon
    If you’d open your ears you’ll find that republican leaders have been using such rhetoric as part of their speeches- at party Ard Fheis and elsewhere- for many years……”

    Of course when republicans talked about a shared future many of them were engaged in murdering people at the same time.

    But given the number of Catholics murdered by Sinn Fein in the past I suppose that is them just sharing out the misery

  • fordprefect

    Maybe the reason why people that snipe at people in politics instead of standing for political office themselves, is because they’re not as good at lying as the bunch we are stuck with in the shithole on the hill.

  • Turgon

    Donnelly,
    Priceless: “short of finding a space in the Irish nationalist narrative for the Britishness of the protestant/ unionist populace.”

    Republicans are willing to find “a space in the Irish nationalist narrative for the Britishness of the protestant/ unionist populace.” but they define the limitations of that space. The space offered is never remotely attractive. That is hardly surprising but bares out John McAllister’s comment that republicans are still stuck seeing unionists’ Britishness as a form of false conciousness. That helps explain why SF did not put his speech on their website.

  • vanhelsing

    Nolan is a joke and the poor attempt by Chris Donnelly to dress this up is fairly pathetic. That is unless Chris believes that Nolans form of ‘journalism’ is really worth defending.

  • “Thus, we get the ‘catholic’ reference instead of one directed at ‘nationalists.”

    Outside the communal bunker inhabited by yourself, “Catholic” does not equal “nationalist”.

    The key difference is that Robinson’s DUP- like political unionism in general- has yet to appreciate the need to accept and embrace the legitimacy of Irish nationalism/ republicanism as part of a broader strategy aimed at winning support for the Union.

    There is no point wasting time trying to sell the benefits of the Union to a “nationalist” audience.

    There is a point at trying to sell the benefits of the Union to a non-nationalist or a constitutional-apathetic Catholic audience.

  • Decimus

    Actually both speeches provide evidence of a willingness by republicans to provide a space for unionists to address a republican audience directly.

    Chris,

    But only one of them told the Sinners exactly what they wanted to hear. That would be the one that is repeated in full on their website.

  • Comrade Stalin

    But it doesn’t detract from the fact that Robinson’s comments reflect a vindictive streak which is consistent with his treatment of the Irish News.

    Are the two things the same ? On H&M the other night Robinson said that he’d happily give an interview to the Irish News if the editor was present, but he wouldn’t be drawn on what the issue was – clearly there is some sort of personal matter going on with one of the IN’s journalists.

    There is definitely a bit of a problem in that politicians here seem to be able to dictate terms to the media. It’s not an exclusively unionist concern, noting how for example Robin Livingstone was forced into an embarrassing climbdown by SF over his criticism of Gerry Adams’ record as an MP, but it’s a real shame our media don’t stand up to them quite as well as they should.

  • Roy Walsh

    I feel the persistent recent attempt by Robinson and some other mild mannered DUPpies are a realization the union with Britain may be unsafe in the near medium term.
    SBU, the attack on Allister and Elliot appeared to be left to the real DUP leader.
    The whole ‘shared education’ thing is an interesting point, the Catholic church would be opposed I suspect but, though they’re not cheap but can be had.

  • Mick Fealty

    Stephen Nolan has a sense of humour. And he takes the Mick out of himself more often than enough.

    His style is not mine. There are things he does that make me uncomfortable, but then again there’s no rule book here.

    I’ve all ways had the impression that he plays well within himself on Raio Ulster, an impression confirmed by listening to his Radio Five Live show.

    The thing that disturbs me is not the poor nature of Peters jokes (he ought to get friend outside the party to vet them first), but the continuation of this utterly undemocratic idea that e press should have a mandate before the comment on government and/or polticians?

    That of course is project almost as old as the Peter and Martin show:

    http://sluggerotoole.com/2009/04/10/a-legitimate-complaint-or-case-of-bullying-from-the-top/

  • sherdy

    Decimus – I didn’t realise Nolan’s assistant was ‘camp’.

  • Decimus

    sherdy,

    Proof that you learn something new every day.

  • BluesJazz

    The whole ‘Stephen Nolan show’ is as camp as Ballykinler.

  • Decimus,

    But only one of them told the Sinners exactly what they wanted to hear

    Has Rev. Latimer ever actually declared his belief in the Union?

    The thing that disturbs me is not the poor nature of Peters jokes (he ought to get friend outside the party to vet them first), but the continuation of this utterly undemocratic idea that e press should have a mandate before the comment on government and/or polticians?

    The media has been an integral player in the *Peace Process* and that means that the “secrets” of the inconvenient past and the present must be left well alone because if the Great Unwashed were to be overloaded too much with the truth then who knows what might happen.

    Nolan pushes it further than the other journalists here but only so far.

    Re the point about

  • Decimus

    Has Rev. Latimer ever actually declared his belief in the Union?

    He apparently describes himself as a unionist. I suspect that his main aim is the preservation of his highly vulnerable church. He is following on in illustrious company. Bishop Hervey also flirted with the rebellious Irish, but that did not stop his portrait from adorning the top of a republican bonfire.

  • sonofstrongbow

    Peter Robinson does not have the persona and the timing to do comedy (or indeed the scriptwriters).

    That being said it must be the most optimistic attempt ever in the history of clutching at straws to try to make something out of the comments. Adding the Irish News and Iris Robinson into this desperate attack on Robinson suggests the thread author lost the run of himself as soon as Peter’s mug appeared on the TV and just hyperventilated all over the keyboard.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Mick:

    The thing that disturbs me is not the poor nature of Peters jokes (he ought to get friend outside the party to vet them first), but the continuation of this utterly undemocratic idea that e press should have a mandate before the comment on government and/or polticians?

    Nolan, whether he be 100% serious about it or not, positions himself as rather more than a mere commenter; he styles himself and his show as the true voice of the people. The opener still declares the show as the place “where the people have the power” and there is a repeated underlying implication that the elected politicians are barely competent and are not accountable to anyone except him, as though somehow elections are a figment of our imagination. I can see how this line would be irritating.

  • Presumably if Peter Robinson had written this on Slugger it would have been interpreted as “playing the man”.
    Im not a big fan of personal abuse but as pointed out above Mr Nolan himself has made light of his addiction to junk food …..and more seriously has made an issue of his attempts to reduce his weight on a TV Show.
    And if I recall the “Hole in the Wall Gangs” Damon Quinn had a character which seemed to lampoon an overweight local Radio Presenter……not only for his weight but his rather callous disregard for his offce staff…….and indeed his pompous attitide to himself and his listeners.

    Of course I have no idea if Mr Damon Quinn based this character on Stephen Nolan. But we are all being invited to join dots. Nor do I have any idea how Mr Nolan might have reacted.
    I dont get the whole “alarm clock” joke but as I am not exactly an early riser, I can hardly be judgemental.
    I can put my hand on my heart and say that I have never listened to the Stephen Nolan Show. Its the sort of thing I hear when I am in a taxi……and only for a matter of minutes.
    Nolan did not impress me by ridiculing his own “staff” for going on strike. But my only thoughts on his show is that it is a lazy format, quite prepared to invent controversy on a slow news day. Thats what Radio Phone Ins do. Mike Parry, Richard Littlejohn, Nick Ferrari, Jon Gaunt…..to me Nolans show is that tradition.
    A boon to “democracy”?
    Merely a boon to assosrted “white van men”.

    These broadcasters are effectively little more than an extension of John Junors man of the people “why oh why oh why……..?” columns in the Sunday Express.
    Curiously Nolans Show has a “clout” well beyond what it deserves and while deploring the personal content of Mr Robinsons “broadside” (and Im sure Nolan will take it as a badge of honour) I think that the logic of Robinsons position must be that DUP politicians should not appear on the show.
    Have they anything to lose?
    Likewise Sinn Féin, SDLP, UUP. Just say “no” to the researchers invitation.
    Once upon a time broadcasters were instructed to deny some politicians the oxygen of publicity. If I was Robinson, McGuinness, McDonnell or Elliott Id do the same to Nolan.
    Frankly Nolan needs the politicians more than they need him.

  • Chris Donnelly

    Republicans are willing to find “a space in the Irish nationalist narrative for the Britishness of the protestant/ unionist populace.” but they define the limitations of that space. The space offered is never remotely attractive. That is hardly surprising but bares out John McAllister’s comment that republicans are still stuck seeing unionists’ Britishness as a form of false conciousness.
    Turgon
    And precisely what *space* are unionists defining for nationalists? And, given Robinson’s utter failure to address nationalists as nationalists, what does that say about unionism’s blind spot with regard to respecting the Irishness
    of nationalists?
    Robinson failed to address a nationalist audience at all, content to go along with the myth that there exists a significant non-nationalist catholic audience out there, presumably one supportive of his historical position on the RUC and his modern stance on resigning in support of British symbolism and the Prison Service.

    That’s a perfect example of unionist leaders engaging in Alice in Wonderland type politics.

    Demean and deride Rev. Latimer all you want, but what is clear is that Sinn Fein were and remain willing to engage with unionists and provide such individuals with a platform to speak, something which illustrates how republicans have moved past the type of Wonderland politics which continues to define unionist engagement with the ‘other’ community.

  • Chris Donnelly

    C Stalin
    Mick is absolutely spot on with this one. Why should our politicians believe they have a free pass to govern in a manner without robust questioning?

    It matters little whether the whinge comes from the Orange or Green corner.

    Our form of government requires a robust media to fill the gap provided by a political elite yet to come to terms with the task of being in government and effectively in opposition simultaneously.

    Whingeing about a media commentator attempting to do what talk show hosts the world over do on a daily basis is simply arrogant.

    Nolan does his job well, regardless of what people think of him personally.

    The fact that Robinson even chose to incorporate the relevant paragraph within what should have been a defining political statement reveals political arrogance and a vindictive streak betraying the image the party has been attempting to project in recent times of a personable leader.

  • dennis the menace

    And precisely what *space* are unionists defining for nationalists?#

    how about equal citizens within the United Kingdom , like it or not thats what youve got, for all your murderers

  • Mean-spirited, snide and somewhat childish yes. Spiteful is the wrong word to use here. With Mick (6.34pm) on the underlying presumption that the press needs a mandate to be critical – since when in a democracy does the press ‘have’ to be positive? I am sure Pete Baker could add a link about ‘the wrong questions’. In attitude to criticism, constructive or not, the DUP and SF are so alike.

  • The yokel

    Nobody ever lost an election underestimating the taste of the Ulster public.

  • Pigeon Toes

    “white van men” Oh the electorate?

    There’s a damn sight fewer of them now….

  • stephennolan

    Hi all – I thought I would join slugger and contribute – hope that is ok?! I wouldn’t be right for me to comment on Peter’s reference to me except to say that I’m fair game for him to have a pop at. It’s good to know the show has impact with the First Minister and he is welcome to visit the Nolan show anytime. I am more interested in some of the other postings. Here’s the bottom line of what I’m trying to do with the show. I’m trying to engageas many people as possible in news and current affairs. I’m trying to tell people who find politics boring that it isn’t. And yes – I’m trying to be as successful a presenter as possible and earn as much money as I can.
    That’s really it in a nutshell. Do I get it wrong sometimes?  Yes, of course I do. But I passionately believe the show empowers people so much that they know their voice will be heard loud and clear. If I push it too far sometimes, it is because this excites me. Some things annoy me so much that I will not tolerate it. For example, I have heard some people complain about the type of some of the callers we have on the show. Every citizen, if they are acting within the law and within boundaries of taste and decency, should have access to the airwaves. I get very,very uncomfortable with anybody suggesting someone isn’t intelligent enough, or polite enough, or positive enough. Who are we – or you – or any politician – to decide what defines intelligence ? Finally, the programme is coming into it’s ninth year and has been No 1 for many years now. Contrary to the belief that I revel in that, actually I feel I’ll need to work really hard to keep it “the biggest show in the country” .
    It is really unusual for a programme in that time slot to be number 1, so if any of you have any suggestions as to how I can improve it, let me know. Thanks. Stephen. Ps….this is my first posting on slugger ! 

  • Cynic2

    Chris

    Still no answer on that other thread.

    Have the Sheep of Destiny just given it up as a lost cause?

  • vanhelsing

    @Chris SF will of course parade the people from the ‘other side of the community’ ie Latimer who happen to love them because they lend credence to their message. Is this their concept of Unionist engagement? Oh and not sure but was it meant to be ironic giving the first job of ‘director of unionist engagement’ to a convicted bomber- Martina Anderson:)

    SF also managed to score to a lesser extent with J McA.

    Nolan raised the fact he is heavily overweight himself and as he goes after politicians relentlessly as far as I’m concerned the ‘big man’ is fair game.

    Ironic that in a visionary and forward thinking speech by a Unionist leader this is the best you could do. Perhaps demonstrates SFs lack of vision, again it seems you are indeed ‘ourselves alone’:)

  • Chris Donnelly

    a visionary and forward thinking speech by a Unionist leader

    VH
    Yes, one that included a statement inferring that the party would like to overturn the Patten reforms to the PSNI.

    How forward thinking!

  • vanhelsing

    @CD – you can cherry pick all you like and I think PR was talking about the ‘implementation’ of Patten. Leaving that aside for a moment you are talking about a different political period in our history [although if you want to talk about the context of SF at that time I’d be happy to].

    I won’t argue it out with you but I believe that this was a visionary speech and will perhaps define the nature of centre right Unionism from here on in…

  • Cynic2

    How forward thinking!

    Chris

    I fear you have been too long immersed in SF party Ideology. There may actually be different views of what the future should look like. Shockingly {do sit down before you read this}, aside from in SF, there may even be different views within any party.

    How we resolve those differences is a thing called ‘politics’.

    Nobody has a monopoly on ideas within politics. No matter how much they may try to achieve one. So a diversity of views is a ‘good thing’ even if you disagree with them.

    I know all of this is hard for you but when you are on strike next week perhaps you can use the time to consider it

  • Chris. You’ve nailed it there. Robbo wants both sides to reach agreement, but on unionist terms only, in other words, nationaslistys must cave in and become unionists. As for his dig at Nolan, he appears to think that those criticing politicians have no right unless they become politicians themselves, which is a novel approach. Anyway, Robbo’s outreach campaign is to Catholics is dead in the water, and at his own hands.Why did he bother?

  • Comrade Stalin

    stephen,

    Fair play to you for coming on to take a bit of stick.

    I don’t have any issues with your defence of your show except for one aspect of it, the part where you say it gives ordinary people a voice. There is no visibility of the criteria that you use to select who gets to come on the airwaves, and I would say that these criteria on occasion must surely be set with a view to obtaining popularity/notoriety for the show rather than trying to get a balance of different viewpoints.

    One particular show sticks out for me, I think it was during the summer just past. Shane Greer from the Total Politics mag came on to give his point of view about budget cuts. The first stack of callers – there were about three or four in a row – lined up to slag him off for his accent, and they had a go at his wife for being American or something. It wasn’t just a bit of jibing, it was personal abuse, these callers were screaming down the phone and couldn’t articulate an argument beyond “we need subsidy because youse English messed the country up” and “you deserted your own country”. It was shameful stuff. It’s the worst example I can think of, but there are others, and for me it shows that your show, while it does act to hold people to account, also serves as a modern day way for people to chuck rotten vegetables at politicians and commentators.

  • Comrade Stalin

    madraj:

    Chris. You’ve nailed it there. Robbo wants both sides to reach agreement, but on unionist terms only, in other words, nationaslistys must cave in and become unionists.

    In fairness, that’s pretty much the republican strategy in reverse.

    Anyway, Robbo’s outreach campaign is to Catholics is dead in the water, and at his own hands.Why did he bother?

    There exists a group of people who may be described either as Irish, or Catholic, or both, whom SF and their ilk like to disparage as “West Brits” but who more accurately may be described as people who have no strong views on constitutional matters and don’t concern themselves too much about a future without partition. Robinson is angling for transfers, if not votes, from these people.

  • Yes, Chris. It is the Rep strategy, i’ll concede. Two wrongs don’t make a right on either side.

  • Lionel Hutz

    its ironic that he attacked Nolan and then proclaims that he will bring in tougher sentences for those who assault pensioners – a populist measure which was a complete reaction to a campaign on the Nolan Party

  • Chris Donnelly

    Stephen
    Great to hear from you directly on the site. I’ve little doubt but that you appreciate there’s no such thing as bad publicity!

    Cynic2
    Dearie me, upset again are we?

    Quite what your latest ‘contribution’ has to do with this thread I really don’t know, other than to confirm that your bitterness seems to be overwhelming at times (btw I note you refer to Sinn Fein supporters ‘infesting’ this site on another thread. Hard to contain that hatred eh?

    Little wonder you hide behind that nom de plume…..

  • DC

    For example, I have heard some people complain about the type of some of the callers we have on the show. Every citizen, if they are acting within the law and within boundaries of taste and decency, should have access to the airwaves.

    Trouble is that every citizen doesn’t get equal access to your show Stephen, hence the circular arguments with the same old same old views and opinions – going round and round.

  • Cynic2

    “Dearie me, upset again are we?”

    No Chris. Just interested at the apparent co-ordination of non-response. To borrow a phrase ‘it hasn’t gone away you know’

  • Comrade Stalin

    Hutz,

    No, the “legislate against pensioner attacks” thing has been doing the rounds for quite some time. I recall mentioning it on Slugger a couple of years ago, as we seem to go through cycles like this where a bunch of attacks on elderly happen in or around the same time. There has been a parallel suggestion for legislation dealing with those specifically who target emergency services for attacks ie police/ambulance/fire/rescue.

  • lover not a fighter

    Regarding: Robbo and locking up those who attack pensioners (Laudable and who would argue)

    I believe he remarked that those who attack pensioners should pack there bags and away to prison.

    Now I am not an expert on this issue but I have me doubts that if one were to turn up at one of the big houses (er, prison) with some well packed cases one might be making the wrong impression.

    Note to Robbo : Its not the same as Iris doing a bunk to an establisment to avoid some short term embarassment and to wait until the heat has died down.

    Yous all know that some one had to say it !

  • Lionel Hutz

    CS,

    I know its been an issue but Nolan did devote alot of airtime to specific attacks and over a week or so and then the DUP announced the planned legislation.

    My point is that the DUP appeared to jump on the Nolan Bandwagon when it suits them

  • Nunoftheabove

    Robbo’s got a fierce pair of testes on him altogether bad-mouthing Nolan given as the amply proportioned presenter never seems to have that truly desperately dull, mediocre Gregory Campbell off the air. Would that that could come to a permanent end and soon although Campbell and his anti-Englightenment ilk would be the first to accuse the BBC of systematic deeply embedded Fenianian were he not to be on whenever he felt like it.

  • Stewart Finn

    @DC

    “…. hence the circular arguments with the same old same old views and opinions – going round and round”

    Sounds like another forum for discussion of politics and current affairs in Northern Ireland I know of 😉

  • Fair Deal

    Lionel

    It was in the 2011 DUP manifesto

    “bring forward legislation to increase the maximum period of
    imprisonment for offences involving violence or neglect directed against the elderly or vulnerable”