I wonder if it works in reverse. As we all now know, the Irish language recently received an invaluable endorsement from the head of the Church of England, when she made that astonishing and astonishingly-fluent speech in Irish. All changed, changed utterly. It’s now OK for decent people to talk Erse.
However, it now emerges that Mary McArdle, whose appointment as a Stormont special adviser got the thumbs down from Ross Hussey (UUP) on ‘The Politics Show’ this morning, has a First Class Honours degree from the Open University. Not Ross (I’m not sure if Ross has any kind of degree) – Mary McArdle.
The thing is, does that mean the OU has now been hi-jacked by republicanism? And if so, will decent people feel the need to avoid it, or at least avoid getting a First Class degree from it? And will Peter Robinson ask Sammy Wilson to conduct an investigation into the selection criteria employed by the OU?
One last thing: what brand of glasses is Gerry Kelly wearing?