hellison: (I carumba!)
Day has ended FINE, got degree certificate and tho didn't get to ride, got to chase horses over jumps and didn't get too drenched in the process.

However, on the way home, caught the news and... WTF? WHAT?

Martin McGuinness for president

WHAT? How would that even... WHAT? REALLY?

About the only good side I can see about it is that it must REALLY sicken Gerry, who surely had that post earmarked for himself.

He couldn't possibly win, even if he managed to get nominated.
Could he?
hellison: (OMG leo)
O.M.G

Peter Robinson, leader of the DUP, has been defeated in Belfast East. The first major scalp of the contest.

OMGOMG
OMG

OMG

So, assembly collapse immenent? Who knows? But also, makes a tory gov. bolstered by unionists less likely (pack of UCUNFs)

Just... wow. Finally. He's losing.

(edited because in the excitement i forgot he's still a feckin' MLA. still. LOOOOSER)


ETA alas, the Beard of Hyporcisy wins by a landslide again. On the (tiny tiny) plus side, the votes for the rest were so small, i can actually SEE my vote


Candidates
Name Party Votes % +/-
Gerry Adams Sinn Fein 22,840 71.1 +2.5
Alex Attwood Social Democratic & Labour Party 5,261 16.4 +0.3
William Humphrey Democratic Unionist Party 2,436 7.6 -3.3
Bill Manwaring Ulster Conservatives and Unionists - New Force 1,000 3.1 +0.6
Maire Hendron Alliance Party 596 1.9 +1.8

That, and UCUNF still makes me snigger anytime. ALMOST the most perfect name for a political party ever...
hellison: (I carumba!)
Well. WEll well well. Now we know why iris 'suddenly' resigned before xmas. And why, out of the blue, Peter Robinson (first minister) announced that she'd had an affair and tried to commit suicide and why he wasn't leaving his job.. why would HE leave his job over that?

Because because because because becaaaaaause, she wasn't just fucking around (with a twenty yr old) she was fucking around with money BIG TIME and journalists were investigating that and found out about the affair... talking loans from developers that were suppposed to be for a church, giving them to the Young Man, then demanding the money back from him when the affair fell apart and All Sorts of Financial Goings On that MPs, assembly ministers and the like should not be at. And our First Minister knew but tried to stay out of it as much as possible...

My my my

* yeah, obvious title i know, but pretty damn apt considering...
Summary here no doubt there will be MUCH more tomorrow.

It's been a good evening really.

ETA MORE - Iris Business Deals Broke the Law

Iriswatch!

Aug. 13th, 2008 01:30 pm
hellison: (hat)
Remember our lovely homophobic rabid MP/MLA Iris Robinson - if not, she has her own tag now!

Previously, on Iris Watch, she started off by saying live on radio that she knew a "lovely psychiatrist" who could turn homosexuals back to hetrosexuality.
This was soundly denounced by Royal College of Psychiatrists, as well as most people with a functioning brain.
At the time the Lovely Doctor in question stood by it. But Today?
He has resigned as her aide -

"Dr Paul Miller, a part-time adviser to the Strangford MP and MLA, has decided he can no longer work for her after her controversial comments about gay people."

Tellingly, he's also "taking a break" from his other psychiatric work, which make me think he's not so much walked as been shoved out the door by his collegues/ruling body...

BUT what's bugging me about this (and did before) today, is the BBC's total ignoring of the situation.
When the whole 'Iris compares gays to sex offenders' storm broke, all their website had was a tiny paragraph saying she claimed to have been misquoted. It wasn't mentioned on the tv news at all.

The only time it DID come up on TV was recently when Peter Tatchell, speaking at one of the Pride events, said King Billy was A GAY. TEH HORROR. But even then all they said was "after recent comments by Iris Robinson", with *no mention whatsoever* of what she'd actually said.

So far today, checking the BBC website, there's not only no mention of him resigning, it is completely ignored in the What the Papers Say section, despite it covering the front page of one of the main local papers (the Irish News).

Why so coy BBCNI? Don't we want to offend the First Minister by showing the public what an embarrassingly narrowminded bigot his wife is?

Hmm. This got longer than intended. It always seems to with Iriswatch ;p
hellison: (arse piglets)
Which amounts to... very little. No mention of it at all on any of the news bulletains I watched last night, nor have most of the papers/new websites picked up on it.
There's a very brief spot on the bbc which basically amounts to -
Iris - I never said that!
Hansard - Um, you so did. We recorded it. look, right Here! (about 2/3rds of the way down).
Where she randomly brings up homosexuality in a debate about how to deal with convicted sex offenders and in the next sentance trawls in the Soham killings and Victoria Climbe who, if I recall, was tortured for weeks and eventually murdered by hetrosexual relatives claiming to be Christians.

According to the Tele, which seems to be the only place its been picked up (apart from the Stephen Nolan show, but we Won't Go There) complaints have been sent in to parliament and the assembly here but, they can do Fuck All -

"A Westminster watchdog last night said that a number of complaints have been made about DUP MP Iris Robinson following her controversial comments on homosexuality, but admitted that no action can be taken.
The Office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, the body that monitors MPs’ code of conduct, said that despite the complaints about the Strangford MP nothing can be done as “the commissioner’s remit does not cover an MP’s views or opinions”.
The same exemption extends to Stormont "


Which doesn't leave too many options open to get anything actually done. I'm not how much good writing to her would achieve (possibly none) and I'm pretty sure writing to her party wouldn't make a blind bit of difference either.

Bah.

Iriswatch

Jul. 21st, 2008 12:03 pm
hellison: (arms)
Yes, our new favourite MLA and MP, Iris Robinson is at it again.

Not content with declaring homosexuality an abomination - and one that can be cured by a lovely psychiatrist she knows - she's gone that little step further and now stated IN PARLIAMENT that homosexuality is more vile than child abuse -
“There can be no viler act, apart from homosexuality and sodomy, than sexually abusing innocent children.”

Tho of course it's not just Teh EVIL GAYS she has it in for, she's pretty keen to keep women back in the their place too, when tackled on why abortion remains illegal in N.Ireland. And why? Because GOD says so and it goverment is there to do what GOD wants. Not, you know, the people who voted for them.
“The government has a responsibility to uphold God’s laws morally.” .

Now, she's welcome to believe whatever the hell she wants in the privacy of her own insane head. But to be spouting such manic vitriol and insanity in her position as a public representive? Or using her beliefs or interpretation of 'morals' to control laws and services that could affect my life? That, not so much.

She does seem to be getting increasingly rabid tho, so maybe she's on her way out; it can't be making life easy for her (equally, but more quietly rabid) husband & First Minister.

She's not hatemongering tho! OH NO! She's saying it OUT OF LOVE.

So. Who DOES one write to these day to get rid of an MP?

ETA And the backpeddling begins"
She MAY have been misrepresented...

ETA 2 An exercise in comparison. Two quotes from the lovely Iris, one to the paper when they first got hold of this, the 2nd from her official press release on it all.
See if you can spot the difference...

1 - "I cannot think of anything more sickening than a child being abused. It is comparable to the act of homosexuality. I think they are all comparable. I feel totally repulsed by both ... I am trying to reach out to people."

2 - "...what I clearly intended to say was that child abuse was worse even than homosexuality and sodomy... At no point have I set out to suggest homosexuality was worse than child sex abuse. There can be no comparison between the two. "

Both taken from here
hellison: (no vole)
So. Those goverment e-petitions things. Any good? Pointless? Or a way to at least get something noticed?

There is currently one Here asking for a reprimand from teh PM for Iris Robinson, an MP and local MLA, for her comments recently about homosexuality being "an abomination" and how she knows a "lovely psychiatrist" who can turn teh gay back to the Right Path of hetrosexuality -


I have a very lovely psychiatrist who works with me in my offices and his Christian background is that he tries to help homosexuals - trying to turn away from what they are engaged in," she said.

"I'm happy to put any homosexual in touch with this gentleman and I have met people who have turned around and become heterosexuals."


Iris is also married to our new First Minister, Peter Robinson, and isn't it great to know we're being led into the Bright New Future of N.Ireland by two such narrow minded, bigotted and deluded fuckwits? Also of course members of the main ruling party here along with Ian Paisley Junior, who not so long again said in a interview that he was disgusted by homosexuals. Junior? I have a feeling the feeling may be mutual...

So far there are over 6000 names on the petition. Feel free to add more.

election!

Mar. 7th, 2007 02:26 pm
hellison: (gerry the shriner)
Since we are, apparently, going thro it all AGAIN.
I have never in my life felt so apathetic about the whole process and even voting (normally I am quite militant on the Everyone Should Vote front)... it just all seems so pointless, it's just another break for shouting, and then it'll all start going round in the same old tired circle again.

Anyway. To chose from I have this lot

4 DUP candidates (Paisley's lot) incl. that malodourous, slimy toe-rag of a turn-coat, Donaldson *shudders* who will alas almost certainly get in. Also Mr. Poots tho, who I dealt with thro work some time ago and seemed a decent enough chap.

3 Ulster Unionists - is there much point to this lot any more? Or can they claw something back from the divisions now in the DUP?

And then 1 each from SF (bleh), Alliance (thankfully NOT the homophobic and bigotted guy from last time), Green party (woo!), Conservative party (why? WHY?), Workers party (heh), Bob McCartney (who may get a vote just for pure comedy value) and the SDLP - who are fielding the only woman in a field of... 14.
Looking through the lists for other areas, quite a lot are, as [livejournal.com profile] _unhurt_ points out, made up *entirely* of middle-aged white men. Apparently there are even less women standing now than last time.

Tho given what a farce our 'political structure' is these days, why would anyone other than those already firmly mired in it WANT to bother getting involved anyway?

Hmm. I know PR voting is supposed to go from first preference down, but this time round I may well be working from last preference up, since none of them exactly stand out.
The only trouble there is working out who comes last - Donaldson or Butler...

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