Gavin Robinson accused of ‘ungracious’ acceptance speech…

Gavin Robinson is getting a lot of flak for his acceptance speech. Watch it below:

Here is an extract:

The last 5 long years are over. A new day has dawned in East Belfast. when people were offered the choice to go forward or back, they choose forward. And they choose to go forward with someone they can trust.

The comments did not go down well on twitter:

Even more damning is this tweet from Naomi Long:

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Reader

    Naomi Long: He wasn’t. Went to offer him congratulations & continued speaking on his phone throughout as we shook hands.
    I try not to interrupt people while they are already talking to someone else.

  • Jim Nelson

    The line about shared future made no sense at all… received an awkward applause as people tried to figure out what he meant.

  • WindowLean

    Were there two Niall O Donnghailes standing in E Belfast??

  • Jag

    Was he accepting a Golden Cleric award?

  • Pete

    Exactly… surely rude of Long to interrupt him when he was on the phone.

  • scepticacademic

    it was truly odious, he showed his true colours

  • chrisjones2

    The people have elected a rude twat …. they have got what they deserve

    PS I know that was ungracious – it was intended to be

  • Zig70

    I’m afraid of women who don’t breath while talking. What if they don’t ever stop?

  • chrisjones2

    After he asks Peter he will tell you

  • chrisjones2

    Who????

  • Zig70

    Seemed fairly mild compare to previous DUP rants. What’s the fuss about? He won.

  • Cue Bono

    Fleg.

  • Jag

    Here’s Gavin backstage checking his victory speech and making some last-minute changes to the “twats” and “liars” columns.

  • WindowLean

    I think it’s the Conservative candidate over Robinson’s right shoulder in the video. He’s a ringer for N O’D!!

  • AndyB

    I heard it as “voters in east Belfast are only interested in sharing their future with me, not themmuns”

  • sk

    It’s fairness to them it’s a good day for ugly unionism.

    “Get the Prods in” and “get the fleg up” seem to be messages that still resonate powerfully amongst our unionist friends.

    Let this be a warning to those politicians who campaigned on actual bread-and-butter issues. That isn’t what the province is about. Pacts next time around please.

  • Cue Bono

    Oh you are in favour of pacts now are you? Chortle.

  • sk

    I think pacts are unpleasant, retrograde and blatantly sectarian. I think the message is out now that they work, thus the tone has been set. If this is how it’s going to be, then nationalists should combine to oust as many unionists the next time around as possible. What other choice do they have?

  • Tsk

    Nasty people. Simple as that.

  • Cue Bono

    So you are in favour of pacts if they keep the Prods out. Thanks for the clarification.

  • kensei

    Game Theory. Tit for Tat with forgiveness is the optimal strategy.

    Personally, I hate them and think Nationalism should take the hit. It is much better in the long run to have competing ideas.

  • sk

    I’m in favour of pacts that unseat unionists candidates. Is that wrong, cue bono? Is that morally dubious?

  • Cue Bono

    According to you pacts were morally dubious, but of course that clearly ony applies when you are talking about unionist pacts. Your hypocrisy has been deeply revealing of your own sectarianism.

    I think it is very unlikely that the SDLP will enter into pacts with SF. The Sinners used to burn them out of their houses and beat them up in the street you see. People remember that sort of thing.

  • sk

    They’re still morally dubious. To be clear, given the events of last night, I would now support nationalists who engage in tribal pacts that are morally dubious, because to my mind it is now the only way to counter unionism’s electoral pacts.

    I think the nationalists should gang up and get the unionists out.

    This is the tone that has been set last night. Don’t complain about it now.

  • the rich get richer

    I only have had five minutes of listening to that Fella and it already feels like five years ! ! !

  • Cue Bono

    The interesting thing about you is that you appear to be totally incapable of seeing your own hypocrisy.

    I’m not complaining by the way. I couldn’t be happier.

  • Janos Bingham

    How quickly it seems the rhetoric about “reconciliation”, “equality” and “an Ireland of equals” dissipates. Much like frost in the morning sun.

    The thing is unionists are defending the status quo. They can indulge their intransigence.

    Nationalists on the other hand are trying to woo unionist voters into considering a UI. Surely sending a signal that any bump in the road will be met by a speedy recall of the sectarian option is not a particularly thoughtful card to play?

    Of course if your true agenda is merely getting across the 50+1 line, and carrying an unhappy, and perhaps restive 49% with you then playing divisive politics is ok.

    It seems to me that people react rather negatively to being hit over the head by blunt objects. Sinn Féin appear to have hit a bit of a brick wall in electoral growth. Now would a party that had a serious concern about building a ‘new Ireland’ not now sit down a have a long think about its strategy?

    However if there is nothing more in it than “beating the bastards”, well so be it.

    Perhaps a glance across the North Channel could give some pointers on how to grow an inclusive ‘nationalist project’?

  • sk

    The SNP have performed an electoral miracle across the way, but they operate in a country that is normal. Northern Ireland is not normal, and the politics of reason, hope, aspiration carries no sway here.

    You can’t woo a sectarian block once the wagons are circled. Maybe when the current generation of gobshites die out, but not in this political lifetime.

  • david crookes

    Urbane humility is a wonderful thing.

  • Naomi Wrong

    Sour grapes! My ear drums are so glad we hopefully won’t have to hear the whining from Long as much now.

  • Naomi Wrong

    Pointless in even listening to him. He’s not from NI, and represents everything as to why we don’t want to be dominated by the south.

  • Janos Bingham

    Perhaps I’m misreading you but you appear to be saying that at some magical time in the future things will change?

    Surely you’ve got to build towards a society that exhibits “reason, hope, aspiration”? If you continue to lay down a track of bitterness about “gobshites” in the now and immediate future, will it not carry through to taint the next generation?

    It also seems that you negatively paint the current generation of unionists solely as the problem. Do you not consider the Sinn Féin leadership’s very noticeable ‘war records’ as an impediment to building a more healthy polity?

  • David

    Even by DUP standards I found Gavin Robinson’s speech vile and ungracious. Given how Peter Robinson in 2010 and Willie McCrea last night behaved, it seems the DUP can be civil in defeat but disgusting in victory. Party credentials heavily feature arrogance and a woeful lack of empathy.

    It seems doubtful the DUP could have taken the seat without the pact and the fact that Naomi hugely increased her vote should have served as a warning for Robinson to be both magnanimous and humble in his speech. The fact that he was neither says much about his own character and that of the party. Nasty, uncalled for and deeply unchristian.

  • Carl Mark

    Please give us some examples of Naomi’s whining,
    Don’t think I have ever heard the women whine, but Gavin do e a bit last night.
    It must make unionists proud that to get rid of her they had to form a gang and the best they could find to replace made a show of himself at the first opportunity.

  • Carl Mark

    So the great unionist victory is to send a rude little man to Westminster.
    I am sure he will be a great boost to the unionist cause over there, after all the English just love impolite people and if he carries himself with the same grace he showed last night I look forward to his maiden speech!

  • tmitch57

    By American political standards Robinson’s victory speech was simply boiler-plate political rhetoric. If you changed the Norn Iron accent, the length of the term, and the name of the constituency it could have been delivered by nearly any Democrat or Republican candidate following a congressional election.

  • Carl Mark

    Asking for good manners is sour grapes,
    Well if that’s how you see it, I suppose it was no worse than the rumour campaign you engaged in , remember “i heard from a man who was told by another man that she had a bad temper” so I think we can take anything you say with a pinch of salt!

  • Cue Bono

    Selectively asking for good manners is sour grapes.

  • babyface finlayson

    Well he seems to be saying the people of East Belfast voted to have shorter years from now on. I am in favour of this,as it will bring retirement a little closer.

  • james

    Breathing or talking?

  • David

    ”Forward not back.” That is indeed a perfect soundbite for the DUP.

    1690, parades, flegs, creationism, blocking abortion reform, homophobia, blocking equal marriage, picketing Sunday football matches….

    The most forward thinking party in Westminster for sure.

  • David

    Despite East Belfast being a Unionist heartland, without the withdrawal of the UUP, the DUP couldn’t have retaken the seat and they knew it.

    Naomi put on 4000 votes in the process and was clearly a hard-working, popular MP, yet Robinson couldn’t even acknowledge that or her from the podium. Pig ignorant and this from a party who actually think of themselves as Christians.

  • David

    Nesbitt the political genius? Yes indeed — he took a seat from the DUP (whoops) and did a Rodney Connor rerun with another joint Unionist candidate. Visionary.

    Meanwhile the whole Unionist pact thing will simply result in Nationalist pacts next time, with FST returning to Nationalism and all kinds of permutations elsewhere. These pacts simply equate to sectarian headcounts, pushing real issues into the background.

    As for rights issues, the DUP are determined to act like a bunch of tinpot dictators on issues which don’t appear to trouble the rest of the UK. In a few weeks, NI will be the only part of Ireland or the UK without equal marriage and is already the only part of the UK insisting that women must travel hundreds of miles for a termination in virtually all circumstances. The very possibility of a vote on these issues results in the DUP pulling out the petition of concern card.

    They’re a party with a woeful track record on minorities and need to ask themselves in particular why they have such an obsession with gay sex.

  • David

    Seeking to have the LGBT community treated as equals is kind of different to using terms such as ‘abomination’, ‘worse than paedophilia’ and ‘repulsed’ don’t you think?

  • npbinni

    He was a bit of a prat. He said he was sorry. What do you want, blood?

  • Glenn Clare

    Long stuck two fingers up to the majority of her constituents on several issues, now she has 5 years to reflect on here choices. As for the republicans on here whining about Robinson speech. I did not know they were so precious after when we consider how republican after republican came on our TV’s and radio’s telling us what a fine upstanding human being Davison was when the reality was quite different.

  • Pete

    I don’t see why people are complaining about the UUP withdrawing. If Alliance is content to use such tactics, I don’t see why their opponents shouldn’t be:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/news/vote2001/hi/english/northern_ireland/newsid_1342000/1342203.stm

    Why, what do we have here… the Alliance Party withdrawing their candidate Stephen Farry from North Down, and then asking for the other parties to reciprocate to help them defeat Peter Robinson in East Belfast.

    “Meanwhile, Alliance Party leader Sean Neeson has called on the UUP and SDLP to offer his party something in return for their withdrawals.

    Alliance Leader, Sean Neeson, said, ‘In East Belfast, in particular, there is a real opportunity for Alliance to unseat Peter Robinson – what a prize that would be. But the UUP candidate is a complete unknown. David Alderdice is the former Lord Mayor of Belfast. The UUP are condemning the people of East Belfast to four more years of Peter Robinson. We’ve done our bit. Mr Trimble, Mr Hume, now it’s over to you. We’ve jumped. You follow.’ ”

    This OTT-outrage from a bunch of whingeing unrepresentative pseudo-intellectuals on Twitter is tiresome. Their hypocrisy, in light of the above, is simply staggering.

  • SeaanUiNeill

    Oh Carl, it was all so much easier for people like Gavin and his supporters when women stayed in the home and voted as their husbands directed them……… hey, that still IS the DUP…………

  • SeaanUiNeill

    Ah Carl, in my experience the English only like rude English people! They find rudeness offensive in anyone from over any border, international or internal (I should include the English north east as “over a border”, really, after about Leeds) . The jokes I’ve heard about NI politicians and the inevitability of provincial rudeness that I’ve heard at Chelsea parties could fill a small paperback! My own cut crystal accent means such well healed comedians think I’m a “very Anglo” Dubliner, and seldom identify me with the north although now Danny Kinahan is on the Westminster scene there this may soon modify.

    The one bright spark in all of this is the one to one treatment Gavin is likely to get across the water in his new job……..

  • SeaanUiNeill

    Some discression perhaps, he’s supposed to have the wit to represent people and make important decisions, not a very good start……..

    But I suppose that we must simply accept that some of those we elect are wise and some….otherwise!

  • Carl Mark

    so no examples of whining from Naomi then. but I really didn’t expect any!

  • SeaanUiNeill

    Glenn: “Long stuck two fingers up to the majority of her constituents on several issues”, I thought that what she did was called offering the example of moral leadership, as against the crude demagogery of her opponents. I’m not a Republican (remember capitol “R” if you are using it as a proper noun) far from it, and I’m “whining” too……it’s called expecting something more than vulgar sillyness from someone who is supposed to represent your interests. If my lawyer or accountant acted in this silly arrogant manner, I’d seriously think about changing them, but alas, we will have to wait at least five years, and hope that enough people in the constituency begin to see just what it is they have voted for in this election.

    And, hey, did Naomi not seriously increase her actual vote? While the pact ensured she did not get elected, I’d hardly feel she has been chastised in any meaningful way.

  • Carl Mark

    and when did I selectively ask for good manners!
    come on proof would be nice!

  • Carl Mark

    It took the combined might of unionism, a whispering campaign (in which you participated) not to mention the leaflet and nearly a year of unionist violence to shift her and she still increased her vote.

  • Carl Mark

    care to elaborate, or just another baseless smear!

  • Pete

    I was commenting on your complaint about a “unionist gang”. Alliance had no problems asking other parties to withdraw to help them defeat Peter Robinson in the past so they have no right to complain.

  • Cue Bono

    I pointed out that Francis Molloy had been every bit as rude and ungracious, but you couldn’t even bring yourself to admit that he was rude. Selective asking for good manners and definitely sour grapes. Understandable i suppose given the kicking that the left took yesterday.

  • Carl Mark

    No you pointed out what you thought was abuse approaching the level of I’ll manners that Gavin showed but you would be surprised how few people agree with you.
    One would wonder why the famous unionist mope machine is not up in arms about your example of “I’ll manners” it could be that all except the most mope ridden would see it as I’ll manners!

  • Carl Mark

    Oh I see, after a poisonous leaflet, threats and violence from unionists, a nasty whispering campaign and a unionist pact the woman has the audacity to complain about a unionist gang. And this you call whining.
    So tell me unionists gang up on you, what is the manner of complaint that you find acceptable?

  • Pete

    I was referring specifically to the pact. My point was that Alliance have no right to complain about the DUP and UUP agreeing for the UUP to step aside, when Alliance publicly asked the UUP to step aside in East Belfast in 2001 to help Alliance defeat Peter Robinson.

    Obviously I completely condemn threats of violence, but you can’t hold all unionists responsible for a tiny group of loyalist thugs.

  • Carl Mark

    So referring to the pact only, well I suppose if I was a unionist I would try to pretend that the direct links to the booklet, violent fleggers and whispering campaign and the pact wete not talked about.
    Good luck with that!

  • Carl Mark

    A small group of loyalists, who got the support of the unionist parties, and the leaflet didnt the DUP/UUP print that ?
    And the whispering campaign, well nearly every unionist on Slugger has been at that one.

  • npbinni

    For the record, here’s Gavin extolling Naomi’s virtues in his maiden speech in Parliament (jump to the 19:11:30 mark):
    http://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/de8ed877-1261-421d-91a3-7cbc0fa1223f