circus tent
We know that the Ulster Unionist Party are having the best fun in years.Their hope is that the Democratic Unionist Party supporters will will leave in droves so that they themselves can become the pre-eminent unionist party all over again with all the numbers scooped up on their side…a bit like swapping jerseys at the end of thr game, really .Much like The Who sang…”Here comes the New Boss…just like the Old Boss” .Well is that going to change anything? It’ll just be the same old clowns rooting and tooting around the sawdust covered ring, cartwheeling about under a different coloured banner.
At the moment someone has commented that TV Mike is indulging in a form of the dance the “Hokey Cokey” …or as my wife insists ..the “Hokey Pokey”…” You put you right leg in ….you put your right leg out ….in…out…shake it all about …etc..”….At the moment he has huffed out of the circus because he can’t immediately get exactly what he wants.Meanwhile MI5 spooks are trying their best to dig up some hard evidence for the Chief Constable to keep the pot -boiling and give Jim Allister something to shake his shoulders at…{Have you noticed that wee tic he has?}Before they are finished , they’ll have arrested everyone who ever voted for Sinn Fein and then start into the SDLP and the Alliance Party..
It’s a high-wire act alright. The converse of the old adage of, better to piss inside the tent than to piss outside it, is being tested. TV Mike is hoping that this will make his foes in the DUP look bad by comparison. They are still picking up their wages of course, as they ride unicycles and jape and cavort about . Politics aren’t about getting exactly what you want . They are about compromises.He is suddenly worried that republicans are killing each other in the streets. If you were a cynic, you’d imagine that any Norneverland unionist would be pleased at a result like that. Isn’t that what the UDR , the B Specials, the British Army , the RUC and a whole alphabetical army of pure- as -the- driven- snow “counter -terrorists” were in the business of doing for some decades?They didn’t need any “drone strikes” back in the day here . If they wanted the job done and someone taken out , they’d find a cheaper way than that. Yes …you’d imagine that one less republican would be a good result for any virulent unionist, wouldn’t you? …but to get two of them, even after all these years, must have seemed like a windfall…Even though every death diminishes us, as John Donne might say, it was always something, we in the absurdity of Norneverland , had little problem with before. We had became something of a death -cult nation with our staged-funerals in the past.
It appears that TV Mike Nesbitt is too much of a pedant to make much of Norneverland politics. The art of bending in the wind ….going with the river’s flow….is lost on him ,so I doubt he’ll be supple enough to wriggle through the unholy maze of slime and half-truth that is politics, to do the job properly. At the moment TV Mike appears to be on the very edge of an emotional breakdown, looking more worn and raddled as the days pass. Mind you, Our Great-Joint-Leader {SIC} ,Peter , of the DUP isn’t looking too healthy either . He’s had a bit of heart -trouble and he didn’t need all this hassle while he was trying to figure out the best time to retire. He obviously can’t just leave in the middle of a show when he’s the DUP’s top ringmaster. He was hoping for an off-season exit at some quieter date .These cosmetic ,illusury things might not matter in Norneverland politics anyway because we’ve had more than enough raddled looking political specimens cavorting through the tent over the years.It’s not always about looks. The old cliche that all politicians end in failure is looking more true as the days pass, though .
If TV Mike continues to jump in and out of the political ring on the word that Sinn Fein might allow him off this recent semantic hook that he has grabbed with both hands from the Chief Constable , he might win kudos from the wildings on the mad fringes of unionism which might boost his war chest for future elections but what good will that be to him in his old age when local government is suspended for years.?…Years? ..It could be for generations this time ! If it is proven that politics do not work here , there is actually only one alternative and that will involve both the Republic Of Ireland and the UK Government in some form of Joint Rule . The UK government has currently much bigger fish to fry with further ISIS engagement beckoning and the Syrian refugee crisis growing. The Republic of Ireland will hardly bode unilateral behaviour from the UK when they, themselves are equally involved in the future of this place for reasons of both trade and politics. Should they all throw their hands in the air and lose sight of the ball, the only alternative will be a return to violence and we all know that got us nowhere but to a killing field of bombed down streets and lots of dead unionists and republicans.Neither the UK or the Republic of Ireland want a repeat of that on their doorstep.
You might argue that because unionism never wanted to share power anyway , they have always been on the lookout for some way out so that they would be assured that there will never be any political change.They wanted all along to crash this particular car anyway. If memory serves, they had to be pushed unwillingly to get into it at all so their own plan seems to be to make sure that the vehicle never gets moving at all. Their preference is to sit in the centre of the circus ring , crammed into this clown car with their fat bellies , red cheeks and bulbous noses. One clown with a fuel can constantly pouring fuel into the tank while another holds a can underneath the car to siphon it back off. They make plenty of noise with their little horns and drums , joking and japing all the while as TV Mike ,their trapeze artist huffs just beyond the tent flaps.


  1. Séamus Ó Néill September 9, 2015 at 3:26 pm #

    A good read Harry and yes clowns are a good analogy… and what do we do when clowns perform ,we laugh at them and perhaps this time we’ll have the last laugh.If Unionism is at subterfuge and not just electioneering ,they should be very careful..conniving without attentive thought, for the eventual outcome ,could return to catastrophically damage them. There is a Pandora’s Box awaiting Unionism and the key is perilously close to being discovered….even the sly fox eventually meets the farmer’s gun.

  2. sherdy September 9, 2015 at 3:50 pm #

    Jude, I think its time you went to see your urologist (if you can get an appointment before your condition kills you) because you seem to be having problems knowing whether to piss into or out of the tent.
    As far as the talks are concerned, could anyone explain to me (maybe I’m pissed off myself) just why Sinn Fein agreed to take part in the talks charade and by so doing, to support the unionist huffy children?
    I don’t know that they would have been any worse off by telling Theresa that they were a farce, designed not to achieve anything, that they would not give them credibility, and to let them know when the spoiled brats were prepared to resume normal business in the executive.
    Gerry Adams had previously mentioned the ‘dark forces’ within the PSNI (Special Branch which consists mostly of ex-RUC) and today’s arrests show the veracity of his comments. Suspicions around who the culprits in recent murders seem to have nothing to do with those arrested, but they are three names guaranteed to get the unionists jumping up and down in a mixture of panic and glee.
    Who will rid us of these rogue RUC malefactors?

    • Jude Collins September 9, 2015 at 6:20 pm #

      You’ll be relieved to hear my waterworks are pumping fine, Iolar…I’m not sure what tent you have in mind – the Galway tent, maybe? Besides, I like pissing (from time to time and depending on circumstances) in a 360 degree circle. Stand clear…

    • paddykool September 9, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

      Sherdy …you should know by now that the natural oder of all things universal don’t hold true in Never…..error Norneverland.Natural laws of pissing inside and outside tents are reversed…much like the politics or the laws.Here you are proven guilty and have to prove your innocence before you are believed.In fact you can even bring down a government just by wishful thinking.Bizarre or what he?

  3. ANOTHER JUDE September 9, 2015 at 4:55 pm #

    Circus? Danse Macabre more like it, with various Unionists wringing their hands and moaning about the futility of it all, Stormont that is. Listening to Peter Robinson, delivering his latest ultimatum in that annoying staccato voice, throwing the baying dogs in the party the raw meat of no more meetings of the British/Irish council, one could not help but think back to the olden days when Robinson and his fellow treason threateners would meet up a mountain, or outside a police station, he was always well wrapped up against the elements, sometimes his head would be covered by a beret, very fashionable in parts of the north through the decades. How strange that it is the Unionists who are pulling the plug on the thing (I think) while the Nationalists are trying to keep it `functioning`.

    • paddykool September 9, 2015 at 7:44 pm #

      The unionists want away from Sinn Feinn by any means.Getting the Shinners out stymies their national plan and slows everything down.Unionists feel safer like that.Better to then blame everyone else for making a haims of politics here.They haven’t waited for any proof after all.Cameron has all but begged the buggers to have a bit of sense because he doesn’t want to change their nappies and do the work for them..He’s enough to think about.The deal was for them to do the work for themselves but they are just not fit to do it….and of course there is a power play going on.The fact is that they have been incapable of doing real grown up politics from the start.If they are allowed to waste even more money on an election a few months on…the result will produce the same foolishness.I am half hoping there be direct rule until this lot dies off.Oh
      ….and stop their pay immediately too!

  4. ben madigan September 9, 2015 at 9:01 pm #

    Mr Cameron appears to have got some measure of the DUP as witnessed by his reply to Nigel Dodds today demanding “punishment” for Sinn Fein.

    In here at 37-38 mins –

  5. IrelandSaoirse September 9, 2015 at 10:02 pm #

    The six counties has long been a failed project, let the British and Irish goverments run it,and the locals can still sit on local councils,and bicker away all they like,they’ll have no real power anyway.
    It would be funny if SF get into government in Dublin,they’ll have a big say in the running of the whole 32 counties then,so this unionist ploy of collapsing stormont could have implications they haven’t even had in their worst nightmares.

  6. Paul September 9, 2015 at 11:32 pm #

    Unionists worried about republicans killing each other? Don’t make me laugh. It’s not that long ago that Ken magennis MP ex-UDR thug described the killing of two IRA volunteers in this way “one swallow doesn’t make a summer”The best MP we ever had Bernadette Devlin pulled him up about this on RTE Late Show. Let’s get rid of this farce of a government and have joint rule from Dublin and London. Can we have articles 2 and 3 back again.?