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You have to smile at the sheer small mindedness of it.

 

Northern Ireland’s First minister has congratulated the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their son. Peter Robinson said he wanted to extend his best wishes to them on behalf of everyone in Northern Ireland. “I was honoured to attend their wedding and I wish them every health and happiness in the next chapter of their lives together,” he said. ‪

The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a boy weighing 8lb 6oz at 16:24 BST on Monday at St Mary’s Hospital in London.

So, was Peter the Punt speaking on behalf of his co-First Minister and former IRA godfather, Martin McGuiness? Do remember that EVERY statement issued by the Office of First Minister has to be approved by the Deputy First Minister! Well, here’s what Marty had to say….

On Monday night the deputy first minister said there had been some interest in his thoughts on the Royal baby. “I extend warmest best wishes to all parents and new babies born today. “God bless them.”

Note the evasion wrapped up in provo piety.  He couldn’t bring himself to express DIRECT best wishes to Kate and William on the birth of their son so instead he mouths empty platitudes to ALL new parents. Also invoking God’s blessing seems an odd thing to hear from a man whose terror group showed blatant disregard for the Commandment “Thou shalt not kill”

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39 thoughts on “THE OFM MINUS THE DFM

  1. What would you have him say? That the British people should embrace republicanism and overthrow the monarchy. It’s hardly the time. Why would you care anyway about how Martin McGuinness behaves when good manners are called for. Recall your own lack of decency when his mother passed away. It reflected badly on you and you are the last person I would see as an arbiter of manners or etiquette. In fairness to the real British they are rarely found wanting in that area.

  2. // terror group showed blatant disregard for the Commandment “Thou shalt not kill”//

    As did apparently William’s brother, although admittedly he was paid to do it.

    Would people here be as warm in their congratualtions if a child were born to someone whose political position they detested, I wonder.

    Sure, there wouldn’t be a dry eye in the house if Mrs and Mr. Barroso, president of the European Commission, were blessed with a child.

    Or imagine the quiet delight on ATW if Gordon Brown’s life was brightened by a new baby. Nobody would hesitate to send hm direct best wishes, would they?

  3. It’s hard to plough a straight furrow when the horses are of different sizes..

    Huh? It’s a bit early for the Nepalese Cooking Sherry, isn’t it Agi?

  4. Seimi,
    Until the political hierarchy is (democratically) resolved in Northern Ireland you will always have this problem.
    Unequal horses I mean.
    As Henry94 said one could hardly expect anything else from McGuinness -except perhaps a return of the filthy lucre paid him by the British taxpayer for staying away from Westminster..

    Nepalese shooking cherry (hic!) is notabe (Ha haaa!) for shooking..

    ps Didja see my response to your Royalist incomprehension on Jihad’s little helpers?

    (I was sober when I wrote that.)

  5. I think some, like David perhaps, expect Martin McGuinness to start gushing sentimentality at the news. Calling his response ‘…evasion wrapped up in provo piety’ is nonsense. McGuinness could have completely ignored the news. He could have said that didn’t care. What he did do was give a politician’s answer, a catch-all response which addresses the broader issue of parenthood, without focusing on the parents themselves. Most people would expect nothing more. To the rest, McGuinness will never match up to their standards, and in many cases that is completely justified.

    I did read your response on the other thread, Agi. At least we are in agreement about something 😉

    I really do hope the weather in London has broken for Aileen, and that her absence here this morning is because of her attendance at the gates of the palace. Though for the life of me, I cannot understand why anyone would wish to stand at one house, whilst the person they wish to celebrate and congratulate is in a completely different house. Maybe it’s a Royal thing 🙂

    As for the Nepalese Cooking Sherry – I haven’t tried that particular tipple, but it must be good if it encourages you to iron, naked, outside 🙂

    I was given a taste of 90 proof Absinthe yesterday, by the landlord of my favourite bar. Damn stuff nearly blew my head off! Absence may make the heart grow fonder, but Absinthe makes the heart go ‘What The F*ck!’ 🙂

  6. McGuinness is a Republican who chooses not to debase himself to the ‘ordained by God’ theory so beloved by Monarchy serfs. What else would you have expected him to do?

    Except perhaps a return of the filthy lucre paid him by the British taxpayer for staying away from Westminster..

    He doesn’t recieve an MP¡s salary although he does recieve expenses to cover his constituency office costs etc.

    However, unless you’re one of his mid Ulster constituents why should this preoccupy you?

  7. ps
    “However, unless you’re one of his mid Ulster constituents why should this preoccupy you?”

    Probably the same reason that any subject interests any of us on ATW. After all you either believe in free speech or you don’t….

  8. After all you either believe in free speech or you don’t….

    I would love it if Paul responded to this by writing, ‘I’m not listening! I’m sticking my fingers in my ears! Laa-laalaaa…’

    Just to see your response, Agi 😉

  9. He doesn’t or didn’t take his pay as an NI member of Parliament?

    Well actually he does as he’s DFM.

    Probably the same reason that any subject interests any of us on ATW. After all you either believe in free speech or you don’t….

    Absolutely. Is someone trying to curtail your freedom of speech?

  10. Who cares about this new welfare scrounged?

    Lets hope the ‘we’re all in it together’ coalition cuts benefits to these parasites and end this stupidity.

  11. “Just to see your response, Agi ”

    Out of a sense of loyalty and empathy I would join in!
    It’s great fun to do the completely unexpected you know.

    Here’s a story for ya that proves the fun we oldn’s are capable of..

    “Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting.

    Well for example, the other day Jane and I went into town and went into a shop. We were only in there for about 5 minutes. When we came out, there was a cop writing out a parking ticket. We went up to him and said, “Come on man, how about giving a senior citizen a break?”
    He ignored us and continued writing the ticket.
    I called him a Nazi turd. He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tires.
    So Jane called him a shithead.
    He finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first Then he started writing a third
    ticket.
    This went on for about 20 minutes
    The more we abused him, the more tickets he wrote.
    Personally, we didn’t care. we came into town by bus.
    We try to have a little fun each day now that we are retired.
    It’s important at our age.”

  12. Hey lets not have any animosity on the day of little Prince Muhammed Barrack Osama of Cambridge’s birthday. 🙂

  13. May as well re – hash this old one:

    Prince Charles is said to be thrilled at the arrival of his first grandson.

    William’s father is also said to be thrilled . . . .

  14. “May as well re – hash this old one:”

    Or might as well not.
    Old and corny.. 🙂

  15. “Absolutely. Is someone trying to curtail your freedom of speech?”

    So is the article true or not?
    Did they take their basic MPs pay or not?
    They’re either men of principle or they’re not.

  16. Did they take their basic MPs pay or not?

    If you’re speaking about Westminster no.

  17. Paul, but they took the expenses

    See my 12.18:

    He doesn’t recieve an MP’ s salary although he does recieve expenses to cover his constituency office costs etc

    Now, what’s your point?

  18. My point is that you said and I quote,

    “McGuinness is a Republican who chooses not to debase himself to the ‘ordained by God’ theory so beloved by Monarchy serfs.”
    Pretty high minded and noble sentiments I’d say.
    But they didn’t stop him and the other four collecting £310,000 from that same Westminster serving that same monarchy “so beloved of Monarchy serfs”
    using a landlord in London to do it.
    That’s my point.

  19. kateyo –

    “Lets hope the ‘we’re all in it together’ coalition cuts benefits to these parasites and end this stupidity.”

    Actually, yes, let’s view the Civil List and the Welfare State the same.

    The Monarchy costs the taxpayer about a half of what it did in 2001. The cost has truly plummeted. In the meantime, the cost of the Welfare State has doubled. That cost has truly rocketed.

    Not only is the Monarchy in it all together with us, it’s in deeper than most. If the Welfare State had had the same treatment as the Civil List in the last thirteen years, people like you would have gone nuts.

  20. But they didn’t stop him and the other four collecting £310,000 from that same Westminster serving that same monarchy “so beloved of Monarchy serfs”
    using a landlord in London to do it
    That’s my point

    Then it’s a silly point. They need a residence in London perhaps they’d have been better getting a Belfast / Dublin landlord for it?

    That’s the same Westminster that SF voters pay tax to?

  21. “That’s the same Westminster that SF voters pay tax to?”

    Yes, and that;s because Northern Ireland remains a part of the UK Paul.
    Secondly I think the `British/UK taxpayer might have thought more of their lofty idealism had they not taken any money at all from Westminster and been financially supported by Republican friends on both sides of the border.

  22. British/UK taxpayer might have thought more of their lofty idealism had they not taken any money at all from Westminster

    I’d suspect that SF & its voters couldn’t give two fiddlers for what the British / UK taxpayers think. Give an alternative to where SF voters pay their taxes and then you might have grounds to moan.

  23. Sinn Fein MPs are entitled to the same expenses as any other MP. They are elected as Irish republicans and will not swear an oath of loyalty to the British monarch. They are continually reflected on that platform.

  24. The less we hear from the evil bastard the better.

    Apart from answering charges in court!

  25. ” Sinn Fein MPs are entitled to the same expenses as any other MP.”
    The anomaly is that there are no other Republican MPs in the UK. Perhaps the British government could have paid their salary to the Irish Republic and they could have had honorary status in the Irish Republican parliament?
    I say that because whilst we have to respect that they were elected democratically, they can’t/won’t really represent their constituents as MPs recognising the authority of the Queen and Parliament.

  26. As I said before, when you suggest an alternative for SF voters to pay their taxes to you might have grounds to complain.

    I say that because whilst we have to respect that they were elected democratically, they can’t/won’t really represent their constituents as MPs recognising the authority of the Queen and Parliament

    Hardly a problem unless you’re one of their constituents?

    If you disagree with an electoral candidate’s abstentionist and not recognising the authority of the Queen and Parliament policy then don’t vote for them.

  27. Agit8ed

    It is certainly worth exploring the possibility of Sinn Fein MPs going to Dáil Éireann instead. In fact Dail Eirean was founded in 1918 by Irish republican MPs who refused to go to the British Parliament. I think you may have hit on the kind of imaginative solution that we need.

  28. //the possibility of Sinn Fein MPs going to Dáil Éireann instead.//

    Has anyone ever worked out how many seats in Dail Eireann the northern parties would have if NI were divided into Dail constituencies, with the quotas for Dail elections and using the PR System?

    A normal four-seater in Dublin, for example, has an electorate of 60 K and a quota of 7K.
    I don’t know how this corresponds to northern constituencies for Assembly elections, which I’d imagine are somewhat smaller.

    It would be interesting to see how the northern electorate translates into Dail seats, and even more interesting to see how that would affect Dail arithmetic.

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