Cast your eye over some of the comments attached to the Belfast Telegraph report on Peter and Irish Robinson and you might notice something that I did.
It was not just public disgust. It was anger everywhere. I believe that we are in for something of a watershed in the European Elections. Labour will be hit by it. So will the Conservatives. There may even be an additional dimension to this in Northern Ireland.
Until last year, the leader of the DUP (previously named the “Protestant Unionist Party) was Revd. Ian Paisley. This is the man for half a century managed to mix religion and politics. He was despised by many from the Catholic community. There was no shortage of bigotry in his speeches. There was plenty of distortion of facts in a lot of the things he said. Was he ever found to be dishonest?
I am not aware of any allegations of dishonesty against Revd. Paisley. It looks very much as though he remains the non-smoking, non-drinking, bible-adherent fundamentalist Protestant.
One of Paisley’s legacies is that orthodox Protestantism seems to form part of the DUP’s ideology. That is apparent from some of the things that their politicians say on matters such as creationism. I am therefore wondering if the impact of the Robinson’s expenses claims will be far greater than just a couple of weeks of embarrassment. Will a lot of people not feel too let down to forgive or will they more easily forgive?
One politician who may be wondering if divine intervention is going his way is Jim Allister. Allister is a chip off the old DUP bible-thumping block. The timing of the scandal could not have been much better for Allister. In fact, he seems to be so confident about the impact of the story on the Robinsons that he has not even named them directly in his latest post. He also uses his post to highlight his good transparency in that his expenses are posted on his website.
There’s only one good piece of news that would top what has already happened – An expense claims scandal against Nigel Dodds. Casting my eye over the table that I published on 31st March, lo and behold, he is the Northern Ireland MP with the second-highest aggregate expense claim. Hmmm.
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