Google Plus Hangout on the Queens visit and ‘that’ handshake…

Despite the seeming slightness of the issue Martin McGuinness’s handshake with the Queen has probably inspired more political analysis in the last four days than the whole of Northern Irish politics has since the elections last May. So, for those who can, we’re inviting you to a Google Plus Hangout (a sort of a video chatroom) on the subject.

There’s space for up to nine other people to take part, but you should be able to get a look if I can figure out how to make it public…  If you are not sure what a Hang out is, try this… You can pick it up from my G+ homepage here. It won’t be live until 4pm, and it may take a bit longer if there are technical difficulties…

My role will be purely as chair… providing we get enough in there to have a discussion… you should be able to watch without having your own G+ account, but you will one if you want to take part in the chat room…

  • Mick Fealty

    Hearing there’s some not very happy folk up at Stormont… ten minutes and she was gone…

  • Mick Fealty

    For once, Slugger seems more accessible than google… bear with me whilst I try to get her started!

  • Mister_Joe

    I seem to have joined but will give up my seat readily to others.

  • Mick Fealty

    you have more than I have Joe…

  • dwatch

    10 minutes, what a let down, in 2002 during the Golden Jubilee, a garden party was held at Hillsbourgh castle which lasted over 4 hours. Both the Queen & Duke mixed and talked with hundreds of quests 10 years ago. Wonder was it to do with security, after last night’s rioting in west Belfast: http://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/nine-police-officers-injured-in-belfast-violence-during-queens-visit-7892791.html

  • Local hack

    This is shocking – 10 minutes !! Outrageous I would have thought a 90-year-old man – who has just had a couple of stays in hospital – and his wife who is deep in her 80s would have performed so kind of circus act.

    Also listening to Evening Extra and there are people surprised that it took them two hours to get to Stormont – 10,000 people heading in the one direction cause problems – who’d have thunk it

  • Mick Fealty

    22k actually…

  • Drumlins Rock

    Stormont Grand Garden party, great idea, reality complete farce. From the ticket distribution, whether you got 1st class or 2nd class, to a failure to organise a proper park and ride system (22k is a quiet day at the Balmoral show by comparison) to virtually no information on what was happening when you got on site, therefore most people just sat at the fence waiting as they didn’t know if she was due at 1 pm or 5 pm. BTW the seperation of the tickets was disgusting, dividing families and friends for no real reason.

    When Her majesty came, those at the top got the view of them in the open top car, and the FM once again greeted her, before she climbed into the RangeRover and drove off down the avenue, had to be less than 10 minute from gate to gate.

    Obviously she is not in control of the timetable, but who was in charge at the NIO should get the boot.

  • lover not a fighter

    Re: The brief drive-by !

    Afterall the real business was done in the morning.

    Martin McGuinness summoned her maj over to pay homage and sure everything else would have been a let down after that.

    Anyway if that lot (the crowd, or more precisely their immediate ancestors)) down at stormount had understood proper behaviour then sure her maj would’nt need to be annointed by Martin.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Obviously she is not in control of the timetable, but who was in charge at the NIO should get the boot.

    I actually thought the open topped car thing was a bit undignified. I’d assumed she’d wave from a stage or something.

    We seem to be really crap at organizing big events around here. There was an equivalent farce for the firework/lightshow Titanic event.

  • tyrone_taggart

    “Local hack (profile)
    This is shocking – 10 minutes !! Outrageous I would have thought a 90-year-old man – who has just had a couple of stays in hospital – and his wife who is deep in her 80s would have performed so kind of circus act.”

    Its a job. If she is not up to it then someone else should take over.

    Drumlins Rock
    “Obviously she is not in control of the timetable”

    I would love to see you say that to her face 🙂

  • Comrade Stalin

    tt,

    That’s about right.

    When something goes right, it’s a sign of how the Queen is an intelligent and thoughtful lady who loves her subjects. When it goes wrong, it must be because someone else messed up.

  • Mister_Joe

    Regina non potest peccare.