This is indeed a dreadful day for all of us who value the remarkable achievements of Human Rights warrior Monica McWilliams. Brace yourself…
“The UN Human Rights Council, on whose unique merits ATW recently expounded, has let us down.
Today, in the final session of its current meeting, it had to decide on whom to appoint as “Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantee of non-recurrence”.
ATW was glued to the live webcast of proceedings in Geneva, champagne bottle at the ready, given that a UK candidate was in the shortlist of three for this prestigious three-year appointment – our very own Monica McWilliams, Professor of Ladies’ Studies at the University of Ulster and former Chief Commissar at the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.
True, she put herself forward as the “Irish” candidate, but as a Londonderry woman born and bred, and a proud consumer of British tax money throughout her academic, political and quango queen career, we were surely entitled to regard her as one of our own. In any case, ATW’s (very few) friends inside the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission were able to confirm that milady travels on a proper British passport; but one can understand that putting “Irish” on the application form is better for the optics in the anti-Western cabals of the Palais des Nations. Readers may recall that, a few weeks ago, that very application form accidentally fell into ATW’s inbox, allowing us to share with you her own modest and self-critical presentation of her suitability to advance across the globe the causes of Truth, Harmony and Universal Happiness.
The official UN closing time of 5pm came and went with no decision. The session overran so badly that our champagne had reached room temperature when the announcement came at nearly 8pm Geneva time… and readers, our cork spontaneously popped at the very moment that the Council President announced that, having taken extensive soundings among states, non-governmental organisations and other interested parties, it had been decided to appoint the Colombian candidate, one Pablo de Greiff.
ATW readers will be struggling for ideas as to how to console our former Chief Commissar for this cruel blow to her fragile, if vast, ego. We have a suggestion. Given that a UN Special Rapporteur post only has as much credibility as the person appointed to it, its actual value to Monica’s CV would have been absolutely negligible. So we should club together to buy her an equally bogus mark of distinction; say, for example, the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts that her successor at the NIHRC, Father O’Flaherty, purchased for himself and now lists on the NIHRC web page as though it were an actual qualification or honour.”