Derry DUP MP Gregory Campbell has sent a copy of a locally published joke book to David Cameron in a bid to cheer up the British PM.
Last week, in the House of Commons, Mr. Cameron indicated that it wasn’t always possible to determine if Northern Ireland’s MPs were the happiest bunch.
The parliamentary exchange took place following discussion of a survey which suggested Northern Ireland people are the “happiest in the UK”.
North Belfast MP Nigel Dodds - himself a Derry man - asked Mr Cameron if he would make them even happier by reducing fuel costs.
Mr Cameron’s response prompted much laughter in the chamber, but it was hard to determine if there were any smiles on the faces of the Northern Ireland contingent of MPs.
Mr. Cameron said: “Well, I am delighted to hear that the people of Northern Ireland are the happiest in the United Kingdom.
“I have to say to that honourable gentleman that their representatives in the house don’t always give that impression.”
Following this exchange, the DUP’s East Derry MP decided to take the bull by the horns and sent the Prime Minister a book aimed at tickling his funny bone.
Mr Campbell takes up the story: “Given the PM’s interest in happiness and humour, I forwarded him a publication I was involved with in recent months.
“‘The Norn Irn Joke Book’ has a wry and humourous take on the Ulster way of life and, as everyone in Northern Ireland knows, we have a very keen sense of humour.
“It might help dispel the silly notion that the PM inadvertently helped promote when he made his jibe.
“In fact, ‘a wee juke’ at it before each Prime Minister’s Question Time might also help Mr. Cameron with his ‘Angry Man’ persona which has developed in recent months.”
‘The Norn Irn Joke Book’, which is published by Derry publishing house, Causeway Press, is described as being jam-packed full of sayings that may “baffle” the outsider.