Frackling to Friscal: Northern Ireland’s politicians bringing Conference standards to the Premiership?…

It’s hard being a post conflict politician. Peter Robinson amused half the NI Twitterverse with his reference to a scientific process apparently known to him as ‘frackling’. Yesterday, Gerry Adams referred to ‘friscal’ reforms in his interview with Sean O’Rourke.

Hard, I suspect: 1, because the policy formation function in Northern Ireland is poor, even inside government; and 2, when all you have to do is hand in your list of demands for others to fill the nuance of peace time politics is fraught with complexity, it can be hard to deal with a whole new vocabulary.

But it’s clear that our northern politicians are struggling with grown up politics. In that interview Adams was calling for referendum when it is anything but clear what sort of deal. And just two weeks one of his own party called for the ECB to begin acting as a bank of last resort. A case of the left not even caring what right is up to.

Brian Feeney doesn’t pull his punches in today’s Irish News either:

“Are they [the Unionist MLAs] the only ones Who can’t see that Cameron was driven to run for the emergency exit, not because he had Britains interest at heart, but because he was terrified of facing the Commons with another treaty to sell?” [a point which actually requires a whoe separate thread]

Yep. But here’s the kicker…

Did Mitchel McLaughlin really tell the Toytown parliament [aka the Northern Ireland Assembly] he feared the loss of national sovereignty if Cameron Had agreed to The Merkel/Sarkosy proposals? God help us.

Would that be Britains national sovereignty or Ireland’s, both of which were jettisoned at Maastricht twenty years ago and further circumscribed by the Lisbon Treaty in 2009. The trouble with our politicians is that they are unembarrassable in their self important ignorance.

And progress in the south is no better… In the Dail yesterday, Gerry Adams reacted strongly to something, which, apparently, the Taoiseach did not say, in a private briefing to the three opposition leaders earlier in the day.. [you are allowed to ask questions you know Gerry? – Ed]

The Taoiseach gave him short shrift:

It’s a case of you deliberately misinterpreting what I said this morning. Because I said that I did raise it at the council of ministers,” stressed the Taoiseach. “Now if you didn’t hear that this morning, then either you or your advisor do not understand plain English. Because I thought I made it very clear.”

You can read more of Badly Bilingual of Belfast here

  • Los Lobos

    How the British must have shook in their boots when they saw Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness enter 10 Downing Street to bargain for the people of Ireland! The self important ignorance of both SF and the DUP really is breathtaking. That the Brits recognised their shortcomings quite sometime ago is as irrelevant as those who proport to run Northern Ireland from Stormont. Puppets on a very short string would best describe them.

  • The yokel

    As someone once said ” people get the politicians they deserve”

  • Edwin Poots managed to increase listeners’ word power when he used “reasonology” on Evening Extra on Tuesday evening!

  • My nomination for word of the day has to be plook, as in the plook on a plinth award for Linwood.

    I instantly recognise an old friend, pluc from High School, Dublin, Irish. Interesting how the term’s transfer to the Scottish League involved the implication of a “pimple” as well as a “tree-stump”.

    If it applies to a down-at-heel town, it’s an ideal term of abuse for a politician. But wait! Of course! Irvine Welsh already gets the copyright in Trainspotting: Billy, ma contempt for you jist grew over the years. It displaced the fear, jist sortay squeezed it oot, like pus fae a pluke.

  • Mick Fealty

    Feeney’s problem is in part with a media that nods sagely at a politician when they spout utter nonsense.

  • Cynic2

    “either you or your advisor do not understand plain English”

    Aside from thsoe occasions overt the last 20 years when Jonathan Powell was ghost writing Gerry Adams’s speeches, anyone who has watched Gerry strangle the Irish language to obliterate all meaning could have told Edna that

  • Cynic2

    “Feeney’s problem is in part with a media that nods sagely at a politician when they spout utter nonsense”

    ..,,,,,,,,Sorry Mick but I often feel the same way when I read Brian’s articles

  • I decided to look up the word “Friscal” in the online dictionary. The result was
    “prob. alter. of 1frisk + -al”

    And “Frisk” is a verb meaning
    “to leap, skip, or dance in a lively or playful way”

    So how does Gerry Adams view a “Friscal union”?

    By co-incidence, he might think the same as the rest of the Irish people. Everybody in the Eurozone has to dance to the German tune.