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By David Vance On November 4th, 2014

Politics needs less po-faced sanctimonious hypocrites and nowhere is this more evident than at Stormont. Anything for a laugh gets my vote! Further to Seimi’s contribution, this is my take on the great “Curry my Yogurt’ controversy!

For starters, I have no problem whatsoever with the speaking of the Irish language. I appreciate there are many people here who love the language…..for the sake of the beauty of the language. And then there is Sinn Fein. It uses (or abuses) the Irish language as Kulturekampfe! THAT is why all Sinn Fein MLAs insist on speaking FIRST in Irish and then English.

DUP MLA Gregory Campbell made a joke in Stormont – provoked by the arrogance of Sinn Fein.

A row developed on Monday, after he began his address to the assemblywith: “Curry my yoghurt can coca coalyer”. The Irish sentence “go raibh maith agat, Ceann Comhairle” translates as “thank you, Speaker” and is used by nationalist MLAs in the chamber. The Speaker said his conduct fell “well short of standards expected from MLAs”.

Childish? Yes. But he does have a point. Stormont is a BRITISH institution and ENGLISH is our first language, no matter what delusions the Shinners hold. They are language fascists first and foremost.  They should be made to speak as a matter of procedural course  in English first and then, if they want, Irish.

Of course, Campbell has only himself to blame. His Party KEEPS Sinn Fein in government.

There is a further irony. He has been banned for one day for this behaviour. By contrast, Jim Allister was banned for a MONTH for a much less offensive comment.

Ultimately this is shadow boxing.

17 Responses to “GREGORY’S GURN!”

  1. “Stormont is a BRITISH institution and ENGLISH is our first language”

    Maybe so, but such an exclusive sense of Britishness pretty much proves nationalists’ points about Ulster unionism.

  2. The Scottish Nationalists and Plaid Cymru seem to manage without starting their speeches in in Gallic or Welsh. But of course they are not using those languages as cultural weapons in a culture war.

  3. Tell you what Peter; Why not list the casualties of that ‘cultural war?’

  4. Tell you what Paul – why not deal with my point?

  5. Your point?

    You seem to be making the allegation that SF and using it as a weapon in a ‘culture war’. I’m asking you to expand on that point by naming the casualties of the alleged culture war.

  6. I’m asking you to explain why the nationalists in Scotland and Wales don’t see the need to use the same tiresome tactic. But you don’t seem to have an answer.

  7. Peter

    It was agreed by all parties in the GFA that the Irish language would be treated with respect by all members. Do you think what Gregory Campbell did was respectful?

    Scottish and Welsh politicians use Gallic and Welsh in their respective assemblies on a regular basis. The difference is that they don’t face the same hostility from the opposing benches. In fact, the opposing benches respect their right to use their indigenous languages.

  8. I don’t have an answer because I’m not a Nationalist in Scotland or Wales but I’d wager that there are occasions when Welsh and Scots Gallic are spoken in their respective Assemblies.

    Now, about this ‘cultural war’ what cultural casualties have fallen to this war and which in particular have been caused by the Irish language?

  9. Great title.

  10. Seimi

    I have nothing but contempt for Campbell and his ilk.

  11. Paul, if you’re ever speaking in a group in Spain that includes English people who speak Spanish and some Spaniards who don’t speak English, then you will, I’m sure, not speak in English, as Spanish is the only language understood by all.

    Similarly, it’s impolite to speak in a language understood – often also imperfectly – by a few when there’s another language that everyone understands perfectly.

    If speaking the language wasn’t itself a political statement in Stormont, English would be used by all.

    As it is, many Unionists dislike Irish because of the associations it has for them. Using the language like this is hardly going to change their minds.

  12. They are language fascists first and foremost. They should be made to speak as a matter of procedural course in English first and then, if they want, Irish

    “They should be made to”

    And Sinn Fein are the language fascists. Hilarious.

  13. It doesn’t really bother me. What bothers me is the double standard. Unionists cried their eyes out when Phil Flanagan re-tweeted a slightly off taste (though hilariously funny) joke about Kate Middleton. Jim Allister complained to the Assembly Standards Commissioner Douglas Bain, who then investigated and produced an 84 page report on the subject.

    So maybe David can ask his friend Jim Allister to report Gregory Campbell.

  14. “Curry My Yoghurt”

    As my brother quipped – yoghurt is about as close as Gregory will get to a culture 😉

  15. “As my brother quipped – yoghurt is about as close as Gregory will get to a culture”

    Now THAT is wit!

  16. Reg,

    He does have his moments 🙂

  17. But you see the thing is Noel that the vast majority of their contribution is in English which all understand. It’s not as if by using a few phrases in Irish they’re excluding people from understanding the points that they’re trying to make when addressing the Chamber.

    I imagine that SF use a few Irish phrases to keep Irish on the map and remind us that it is the indigenous language of the place where the Assembly is based. I really don’t understand how a few cursory sentences in Irish, (usually addressing or thanking the Speaker before or after the substantive point), can get unionism’s bllod to boil.

    Peter hyperbolically speaks of a ‘culture war’, I’d like to know what the casualties of that culture war are and hoe the Irish language has contributed to them although I don’t expect an answer as I suspect unionist hostility to the Irish language is based simply on it being an Irish cultural expression.