A week is a long time in politics. We all know that .What about a year, then?
I was taking a peek at something I wrote this time last year and at that time the talk was of how and why Nigel Dodds decided not to become the new leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). Dawn Purvis had been on the radio talking about the lack of unionist political leadership in relation to the education of Protestant children and their poor educational performance in school compared to their Catholic counterparts.There was some talk of Sammy Wilson throwing his hat into the ring for the leadership of the DUP.On the pavement Oooor Wullie and something he called the “Protestant Coalition” was about to protest about refugees coming into Norneverland from war-torn Syria.It was the kind of Christian thing you ‘d expect here as the season of Christian goodwill drew in. Love thy neighbour as yourself and all that…..
Not a word has been heard since then of the outgoing First Minister Peter Robinson , who may have actually died in the meantime along with a plethora of other deaths in this past twelve months.The In-Out Ministry of Funny Walks seemed to have done him in anyway, but it was to be his last bit of circus tomfoolery .He might then have slipped away at the same time as Alan Rickman or possibly as Terry Wogan or George Martin slipped away to various acclaim. It’s a sure thing that if he eased -off this mortal coil at the same day or on the same weekend as a Prince, David Bowie or the esteemed Leonard Cohen, we’d never have heard about it anyway. Noone would have noticed. There is a silence.He’s gone leaving only the whiff of scandal like a silent fart still lingering in a lift.Does anyone miss him? Does anyone remember him twelve short months later? Maybe he’s like Elvis ….still alive some forty years after his death, hiding on the moon.
His feted successor of only months , Arlene Foster,has now sailed into a political storm of her own brewing ,in the form of the “Cash for Ash” Heating Scandal. She displayed a similar arrogance to her predecessor but I doubt that she will have the same longevity, given her immersion in the greatest financial scandal in living memory.It’s looking as though she’s in our debt to the tune of some £480 million so that will not be easily forgotten or paid back , unless the DUP has some some very rich benefactor with extremely deep pockets to bail her out and pat her on the head. We’ll have to put wages, hospitals, schools, roads , various plans for our future and so on on the back-burner for some twenty-odd years apparently . This is the same politician who encouraged her supporters to vote Brexit and drop us all into the chaos of an uncertain future earlier in the year.She ‘s in debt Bigtime now.
They do say that all political careers end in failure and that is usually the case in historical terms. Just look at them all. It’s really a mug’s game when you think about it. You’d be safer doing anything else….peeling little onions for pickling …or running a dog’s hair-dressing salon. …at least you wouldn’t cause as much trouble for the rest of us.The failure in this instance is there already for all to see, even if the career continues, astumble.It only took a matter of months to bring it to the surface but it will hang like rotten fish for years to come; dragged out at every turn when a point needs scoring.We’ll all remember who broke the bank of Monte Carlo.
We do appear to have a habit of entering the festive season on the breeze of some delightful scandal, just when Jude held out little hope for any amusement prior to to the turkey- hunt ,but remember that like a pet …that’s “not just for Christmas “, but is an ongoing committment, our choices of politiciams can sometimes turn out to be the most expensive gift to ourselves that we can ever buy. I think we’ve bought a Jonah in the case of Our Arrogant Arlene and like old Jonah , she’s just holed the ship below decks .Titanic-like , all that expensive talk and tat is now worthless junk at the bottom of the ocean.
It’s seasonal …innit?


  1. Dominic Hendron December 15, 2016 at 4:58 pm #

    Change gonna come?

  2. Jim Neeson December 15, 2016 at 5:10 pm #

    Very good !! Can anyone tell me how many scandals the DUP has been involved in since Big Ian started chuckling with Martin?

    • paddykool December 15, 2016 at 5:34 pm #

      I think there’s about six scandals so far, Jim, but I’m always open to correction.

  3. billy December 15, 2016 at 5:25 pm #

    yep harry,season of christian good will.love thy neighbour as yourself and all that….yet we have a man of god on another blog here slandering a butcher and his business right in the mouth of xmas,(very christian).on the political front will sf take the penalty kick at an empty net and ruin big arnolds xmas.

    • paddykool December 15, 2016 at 5:37 pm #

      Well , you should know by now billy , that “men of god” inhabit a slightly different universe than I do and they move and work by an entirely different set of rules, so I can’t really speak for them at all.

  4. Sherdy December 15, 2016 at 7:47 pm #

    Jonathan Bell says he will tell us the truth tonight – so does that imply that he has not been telling us the truth all along?
    And if he does any more TV spectaculars in the future, will he feel obliged to let us know in advance the veracity of his output?
    Harry wonders at the disappearance of Peter Robinson – there are suggestions that he may be playing a supporting role in Jonathan’s exposé!
    What are the chances that Arlene and her supporters have been spending the day digging the dirt on Wee Jonny, with the intention of having it aired on BBC news at 10.30 – just in time to sabotage the 10.40 Nolan spectacular?

  5. Billy Gray December 15, 2016 at 8:50 pm #

    So, BBC N.I. are to Broadcast, via The Nolan Show an Interview With Jonathan Bell, in which he will Reveal The TRUTH ! about The RHI Scandal…. I do hope it will not be Anti-Climatic and Staged, Like the BBC N. I. did with IRIS-GATE…

    • paddykool December 15, 2016 at 9:19 pm #

      I mentioned that same notion to Jude in an earlier corresponance Billy. ….to the effect that old Nolan might be pulling our collective chain so that we wait up and watch a story which might be less than explosive and much less revealing than we might expect. Let’s hope it lives up to the hype….After all , the entertainment is all we can really expect.I can’t see Arlene giving us our money back ,….. can you?

  6. Freddie mallins December 15, 2016 at 11:01 pm #

    Harry, currently watching Jonathan Bell. In my personal opinion there are certain terms that come to mind: weasel, whitewash, nest-feathering. And that prayer stuff at the start was just plain embarrassing. Why couldn’t he say his prayers in private? What a toad. Forgive me but that man couldn’t care less about the good of the public. And this guy wants praise for telling the truth? What’s that all about? And his truth just happens to absolve him entirely. How hards that? Omg, I’ve never seen worse. Monty Python politician.

    • giordanobruno December 15, 2016 at 11:24 pm #

      He does seem to be saying there is a paper trail to back up his version.
      I agree about the whole prayer business but bear in mind how unusual it is to see anyone in our government take responsibility like this. And he did accept his own failure.
      Can Arlene pass it all off to civil servants and to Bell? We will see.

    • paddykool December 16, 2016 at 9:37 am #

      Well Freddie nothing in the fantasyland of Norneverland surprises me at all. This is the world I’ve lived in for some six decades and this is the kind of behaviour that is termed “normal”. All that praying , forgiveness and absolution is constantly practised as if the personal responsibility for actions has to be run past some imaginary figure in the sky to get final clearance.Meanwhile , every kind of fraud that can be dreamed up and every kind of twisted illogic can be argued out to excuse hatred. That’s not to mention the collosal waste of resource and the pricey polluting of the atmosphere .Arlene has now claimed on camera that she and others had felt physically intimidated by the sanctimonious and prayer-filled Mr Bell. …but then that is the kind of company she chooses to keep , so go figure that one out.

  7. billy December 15, 2016 at 11:44 pm #

    ffs,budgie allan the supergrass was better in the witness box than him…pathetic.