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QUESTION TIME WATCH….

By ATWadmin On December 1st, 2006

question203.jpgDid anyone watch "Question Time" from Belfast last evening?

Dreadful!

Naturally the BBC were keen to invite self-confessed IRA terrorist Martin McGuinness onto the panel so he could give stomach-churning lectures on "human rights" and "equality". He also kept reminding the UK audience that "he" represented the community that had been victimised and oppressed. Suffice to say none of the fellow panelists had the cajones to remind him that in reality what he represented was the scum that had spend decades murdering, maiming and terrorising anyone with whom they differed.

Next up, we had the truly nauseating Peter Hain. This man oozes insincerity through every pore of his being and his insufferable combination of patronising arrogance and pious self righteousness ensured he ran Fisherman McGuinness – his political soul-mate – a close second in the repulsiveness stakes.

Then we had Jeffrey Donaldson. He made a few good points, but seemed confused about the "gay rights" issue, and was rather bland on some topics. He spoke well on Iraq though.  

The Ulster Unionists obviously had no-one to put up – so Lord Trimble made a re-appearance from the political graveyard. He was pretty hopeless, full of "I told you so".

Mark Durkan takes the concept of inanity to a whole new level. His smirking self-satisfaction contrasts oddly with his Party’s rejection by the nationalist electorate at the polls.

The audience were very poor – but then I expect from Question Time. Quite a few familiar faces were present, with the local Political Parties having their plants in the audience.  It always depresses me the way NI editions of QT fail to rise above parochial concerns and properly address broader international issues with insight and wit. 

16 Responses to “QUESTION TIME WATCH….”

  1. I was surprised that Martin McGuinness didn’t blame Litvinenko’s death on ‘securocrats’. Or take the opportunity to claim that the Russians killed Denis Donaldson.

  2. Agreed. Very dull. Enjoyed the woman at the start who made a point of saying she was from MM’s community, lived in west Belfast and was sick of the Provos whinging on about their rights. Fair play to her.

    You’re a bit hard on Durkan though. My recollection is that he did well for the SDLP after stepping into Hume’s big shoes.

    As to Jeffrey being ‘confused’ on the gay issue, well who knew? Only joking.

    Trimble was a shade smug about the DUP, but he’s only a politician looking capital when he can get it. Besides, he’s not toooooo far wrong when he says the St Andrews and the GFA aren’t miles apart.

  3. The B Answer,

    Yip – I take your points, fair enough.

  4. I must admit I thought it was quite dull . Usually Northern Ireland QT panels are quite lively with unionists and nationalist panellists squaring up to each other. Maybe the next time they have one from Belfast the DUP and SF panellists will walk on holding hands !

  5. We always groan when it comes from NI for the reasons you note.

  6. "Mark Durkan takes the concept of inanity to a whole new level. His smirking self-satisfaction contrasts oddly with his Party’s rejection by the nationalist electorate at the polls."

    At least he got more votes than you, Mr David "failed politicain" Vance!

  7. I’m sure Mark will join me! LOL. The SDLP are a disgrace, they have let down all decent nationalist voters.

  8. Would you care to elaborate on this?

  9. Was it my imagination or was Peter Hain’s radioactive glow less obvious than usual?

  10. Fear Oraiste,

    Sure.
    I believe that there are many decent nationalist minded people here who may aspire to Irish unity, which in my view is perfectly legitimate. However they are constitutionallly minded and abhor violence as a means to bring about their longer term aspirations. They need leadership. They need a Party that which exposes the corruption of Sinn Fein/IRA and which approaches things in a spirit of partnership with unionists, and I mean a genuine partnership. Under Mark, the SDLP is Sinn Fein lite, a dummy Party that tries to be almost as green but which is being cannibalised at the polls as nationalism becomes radicalised by the Provos.

    Now, I would accept that Unionist politicians (as opposed to ordinary unionist people) could do a lot more to reach out to decent nationalists. I can well understand how grievances come about here.

    But in the end, since we all share this land, why can’t the DUP/UUP/SDLP come together, exlcude the terrorists, and move forward together? My view? Lack of leadership, lack of vision. What say you?

  11. Ross,

    That’s true – it was a muted glow last night!!!

  12. The most interesting thing was the skewing of issues in the phrasing of the questions: first the ridiculous yoking of Iraq to slavery; then the reduction ofthe gay rights issue to the absurd question of shared rooms in guesthouses. Of course this is nothing to do with BBC bias because they only select the questions……

  13. Tom,

    Very true.

  14. David

    "But in the end, since we all share this land, why can’t the DUP/UUP/SDLP come together, exlcude the terrorists"

    The UUP linking up with the PUP/UVF was not a step along the way,

  15. Too true Aileen – that’s one reason I have huge problems with the UUP. I was speaking theoritically of course when I talked of democrats joining together!

  16. Wasn’t that Sunningdale….and who put the kybosh on that ???