Hamill’s Beat - It’s a sweep for the DUP in the Hamill’s Beat awards 2012

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Ok, the Oscars or the Grammys it ain’t but, in the unlikely event of it catching on, there could be deadly rivalry between politicos for the Hamill’s Beat political awards! Here are the slightly tongue-in-cheek inaugural prizes:

The first category is a special award for erudition in politics. The nominations are: The SDLP’s Derry MP Mark Durkan, the “Assemley” Speaker Willie Hay and the DUP’s Strangford MP Jim Shannon. And the winner is: the DUP’s Strangford MP Jim Shannon.

He’s the only MP brave enough to risk the thought that he may be taking the Mick, (or should that be the ‘Jock’?) out of the Scots by speaking in so-called Ulster-Scots at Westminster.

The second category is an award for charm and charisma in politics.

The nominations are: The Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, the former education minister and South Down Sinn Féin MLA Caitríona Ruane and the DUP’s East Derry MP Gregory Campbell. And the winner is the DUP’s East Derry MP Gregory Campbell.

He may be a hardliner but he’s never mean spirited about it!

Lastly, it’s a special; “Nevaar” is a long time in politics, award for consistency. This one is not for individuals but for their political parties. The nominations are: Sinn Féin, the Alliance Party and the DUP. And the winner is the DUP. It’s the only party that has obviously, “nevaar, nevaar, nevaar – nevaar” changed its stance in any way.

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