I waited ….and waited …but no-one picked up on it until late last night.Earlier in the day Our First Minister Incarnate ,Peter Robinson , again betrayed his true feelings of bigotry and distrust against a section of the population he was supposed to serve . He has already insulted the Muslim community in the past..They were only trustworty enough to go to the shop for him, he said , if memory serves …and that probably reflects the paranoia inherent in the political party he runs..and then yesterday he insulted a huge section of the community who voted Nationalist or Republican. I have to say , his surly, charmless arrogance has always been astonishing given his position as First Minister and the wonder is that he hasn’t been censured before now for what amounts to a form of hate -speech.In Norneverland , it’s a sad fact that stuff like that sometimes passes as humour.
In yet another clownish piece of schoolboy japery he has pulled yet another stunt out of Roger the Dodger’s “Book of Dodges” he and his fellow ministers resigned except for {ho! ho!} Arlene Foster whom he placed in his stead as First Minister while still holding her remit as Minister of Finance. It’s telling that she was referred to as his “Gatekeeper”…placed there in case those awful Nationalists and Republicans should steal any of the silver while he is offside recovering from that throat infection.It’s a way of pretending to leave the stage but still keep a spy there in case of poachers. He sees his partners in government and by extension , almost half of the population, as thieves, ne’er do wells and vagabonds. It’s telling that the DUP are more interested in the money than in anything else.Yes hang onto the money at all costs and never mind that you’ve abandoned the Zombie Assembly on trumped -up charges.
Peter was out-foxed in the end . Prime Minister Cameron and his vassal, Secretary of State, Theresa Villiers decided it wouldn’t be in their best interests to suspend the Assembly , so his exit with all his other other ministers was at best something of a dud squib.There was no explosion…only a fizzle and a dull “phut”.
On the television ,politics show”the View”, Arlene Foster , his stand-in ,in the new Zombie Assembly of the Walking Dead, reiterated her boss Peter’s insult and it was only later in the programme that Professor Deirdre Heenan made a comment about her disparaging language and intent.Throughout the previous hours reporting , nobody had actually mentioned this elephant in the room .We know, of course , that this has been the unionist default position since the very beginning of the government …indeed since the very beginning of the state all those years ago .
That is really why we are in the ludicrous situation of a Zombie Assembly now. There will always be murder on the streets .That happens in every city in the world where there are criminals .It’s happening right now somewhere, but it usually doesn’t predicate the abandonment of government …especially if no-one is charged with any crime. The bigger test is whether or not the public will notice that they are being governed by the undead as opposed to the living.

Somehow , I doubt it.


  1. paul September 11, 2015 at 11:54 am #

    Hypocrisy is the MO of Robinson(and his party). You couldn’t make this stuff up. Any credibility the PSNI had( very little in my book) has to be in shreds. Armed raids in Lurgan, a revolving door of arrests and then release without charges in Belfast and Derry. Where will this end. The DUP have done nothing for the average unionist/loyalist person on the Shankill or other working class loyalists area’s. Nothing. Loyalists are falling behind in terms of education, yet their leaders worry about free tea, marching and flag protests . A leadership vacuum for sure. The question is who will fill it?

  2. Séamus Ó Néill September 11, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

    I’m not sure I would trust myself to go to the shop for Peter,however ,I know ,that as Republicans and Nationalists ,we’ve had enough of this infantile carry on .How long until his own community get turned off by his “crying wolf” syndrome….there is a new generation of enthusiastic young ” right all the worlds wrong” people about to hit the polls, they are catholic,protestant and dissenter ,educated and eager ,not brought up on stereotypical bigotry and hatred and I don’t think they will suffer these
    fools gladly !

  3. Belfastdan September 11, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

    Two men are killed and it is unlikely that anyone will be brought to book. Condemned to death with no judge or jury or evidence put against them, but sure thats “war” and a drone is cheaper that all that ould legal carry on, and afterall isn’t this a government that wants to reduce costs.
    However no one in the British parliament wanted to suspend business or felt uneasy about being in the same legislature as a goverment that condemned men to death without due process.
    The DUP or the UUP did not call on their MPs to withdraw from that House or demand that a proper investigation be carried out as to why the British Government sanctioned extra judical killings, but when you cannot see beyond your own expense account it is not that surprising, and sure isn’t a bit of extra judical killing by the state something that they have always supported.

    • sherdy September 11, 2015 at 9:01 pm #

      Dan, you may have noticed that the DUP MPs (who would not lose any money if Stormont collapsed) have been much more keen on seeing their MLAs (who might lose money) instigate the said collapse.

  4. paddykool September 11, 2015 at 1:48 pm #

    That should be “Arlene’s ex -boss, Peter” by the way , ably assisted by Our Marty, given that he has handed all that power over to her and Marty .By the way , is it now politically correct to refer to those DUP members who resigned as “Ex- Ministers” like the UUP’s Danny …? or maybe they really don’t have a title anymore, anyway.. just thinking y’know…..Details….details….

  5. Neill September 11, 2015 at 2:36 pm #

    Sadly was she said was right can Unionists ever trust Nationalists or Republicans not to pull a fast one and can Nationalists ever trust Unionists not to pull a fast one?

  6. sarah m September 11, 2015 at 4:47 pm #

    other than saying “it wouldn’t do” what does Cameron & Villiers & Co propose to do about the state of affairs or lack thereof? And of course hardly a peep over here about what is going on other than seeing a NY Times piece 2 days ago that DUP were going to leave assembly because of Sinn Fein, paraphrased to be sure but the discussion mentioned the good commissioner’s first statement about the IRA but not the latest.

  7. sherdy September 11, 2015 at 4:52 pm #

    Do DUP members behave in such an ignorant and arrogant way in their own homes?
    Have they learned it there or is it taught by the party?
    Their obnoxious manner and attitude really plumbs the depths of bad behaviour.
    I think the word harridan was invented especially for Arlene Foster!