The fact that Northern Ireland’s environment brief is in the hands of ‘climate change sceptic’ (or Minister for the Absurd), Sammy Wilson, has garnered UK wide attention following a well publicised rant about an energy efficiency advert. Following on from his hapless performance on Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme, the rubicund buffoon found himself the subject of a Sunday Times’ profile in yesterday’s paper.
In fact, Sammy has performed so poorly, with his constant gaffs and steady stream of unrestrained, sub-Clarkson, populist ranting, that Esoterica NI speculates Peter Robinson might be prepared to recall Edwin Poots to the executive as a replacement. Such is the life of the post-Paisley DUP leader! Deciding which one of a pair of lunatics spews the least embarrassing brand of flat earth cobblers.
The Times’ article puts Wilson’s comments in the context of other expressions of DUP nutterdom. Why on earth shouldn’t it? This is a party which consistently expresses views which are anathema to the vast majority of British people, never mind British politicians. It succeeds only in exacerbating the sense that Northern Ireland is out of touch with the rest of the nation. It makes our politics the subject of ridicule.
Of course the Sammy Wilson profile only scratches the surface. Banned ELO concerts, tsunamis as God’s revenge for sin. An exhaustive list of embarrassing views expressed by party representatives would be practically endless. Northern Ireland’s electorate might not forever forget its sense of shame when it goes to the polls.