A message from America for our political establishment

Ah now lads, lads, lads…! (It’s mostly ‘lads’) If you don’t swallow all your British welfare cuts you won’t be allowed out to play later. But, if you finish it all up, like good boys, you can come and talk to our US President this year and every year. That seems to be the message from Washington.

Ah now lads, lads, lads…! (It’s mostly ‘lads’) If you don’t swallow all your British welfare cuts you won’t be allowed out to play later. But, if you finish it all up, like good boys, you can come and help big-up our US President with Irish America, this year and every year. That seems to be the message from Washington.

Isn’t there something demeaning about the entire Irish political establishment, along with the would-be establishment, de-camping every year to Washington for St Patrick’s Day? Doesn’t anyone ever say to the hosts, “Next year you must come to us”?

It’s not as if most of our lot approve of America’s little adventures around the world with their drones and so on, so isn’t it strange that they’re so keen to go? Clearly hob-knobbing in Washington makes Irish people feel important.

Of course, this year Peter and Martin didn’t get as we’re supposed to be having a crisis but we’re told it’s just a postponement, not a cancellation.

Do you remember back in the ‘fall’ when Theresa Villiers kicked off the Stormont talks, Peter Robinson was too busy to make it to the first few sessions. He said it didn’t matter because they were only photo-opportunities for the media. He called it a “circus”. Clearly, the pictures could have been tricky with the Orange Brethren stuck up at Twadell Avenue.

It’s good there’s no element of a media “circus” about the Washington trip or Peter could be too busy to leave “Northern Ahland” [as he calls this place] any year.