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Tony Baloney

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Re: Arlene's Latest Gaffe
« Reply #15 on: May 14, 2017, 11:02:37 PM »
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« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2017, 01:17:22 AM »
Ffs.When I first read these comments I thought Arlene was being complimentary.Freestaters like Ruth Dudley Edwards and Eoghan Harris are regularly more offensive and venomous towards SF leaders.
Name one southern leader who is as ignorant as Arlene

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« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2017, 11:39:50 AM »
Don't know if she intended offence, I suspect not.  Certainly poor judgement though.

I reckon she was doing her "reaching out" stuff, going to a Free State paper, sister to Belfast Telegraph, known to be "kind" to unionists.   Getting Horan to do it rather than a political hack suggests to me she wanted to put the whole Arlene the reasonable person story out there.

Then she leaves herself open with this crap.  Silly mistake. 

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« Reply #18 on: May 15, 2017, 01:45:19 PM »
Don't know if she intended offence, I suspect not.  Certainly poor judgement though.

I reckon she was doing her "reaching out" stuff, going to a Free State paper, sister to Belfast Telegraph, known to be "kind" to unionists.   Getting Horan to do it rather than a political hack suggests to me she wanted to put the whole Arlene the reasonable person story out there.

Then she leaves herself open with this crap.  Silly mistake. 

/Jim.

Didn't she play the misogyny card before the previous election?
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« Reply #19 on: May 15, 2017, 02:03:33 PM »
Don't know if she intended offence, I suspect not.  Certainly poor judgement though.

I reckon she was doing her "reaching out" stuff, going to a Free State paper, sister to Belfast Telegraph, known to be "kind" to unionists.   Getting Horan to do it rather than a political hack suggests to me she wanted to put the whole Arlene the reasonable person story out there.

Then she leaves herself open with this crap.  Silly mistake. 

/Jim.

Well she wasn't attempting to be nice and considering the misogyny stuff she was rabbiting on about it was bad manners at best to be describing a fellow woman party leader purely aesthetically with no mention of her intellect, or various other abilities.
I think Arlene struggles to hide her snideyness when put under any sort of pressure at all.

 

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« Reply #20 on: May 15, 2017, 02:07:13 PM »
I wasn't too worried about Arlene if I'm honest, a simple gaff that has been cease upon.

Then Sammy Wilson popped up.

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Sammy Wilson on @BBCTalkback"Michelle O'Neill is blonde, unless she's dyed her hair since the last time I'd the misfortune to see her on TV"
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« Reply #21 on: May 15, 2017, 02:20:11 PM »
Well she wasn't attempting to be nice and considering the misogyny stuff she was rabbiting on about it was bad manners at best to be describing a fellow woman party leader purely aesthetically with no mention of her intellect, or various other abilities.
I think Arlene struggles to hide her snideyness when put under any sort of pressure at all.

I doubt that Niamh Horan put her under too much pressure.  In fact reading the article I do think that the whole thing was an effort to show the "nice" side of Arlene.

Which makes her judgement all the worse.

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Re: Arlene's Latest Gaffe
« Reply #22 on: May 15, 2017, 02:29:22 PM »
Arlene is a thick as two knobs of goatsh1t.

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« Reply #23 on: May 15, 2017, 02:38:46 PM »
Calling someone 'blonde' is more than describing the colour of their hair.  We're not stupid about that one.

However, if the two were pals and got on well and there was a good camaraderie between them, she could get away with it and it could be laughed off as banter.

But we are now in the most tense phase in relationships between our two communities for 20 years and she really needs to watch how she talks about those who are refusing to go back into power with her citing a lack of respect and integrity.

I can understand Arlene for disliking republicans for what they did on her family, but she is now the leader of unionism.  She needs to have a bigger picture.  The problem is, she hasn't.  She is still worried about what Ethel back at the Masonic Lodge will say.

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« Reply #24 on: May 15, 2017, 03:21:00 PM »
Bit of storm in a teacup

Any disparaging remarks are gonna be highlighted and spun through the media

Sounds like Arline just had a bit of Blonde moment herself

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« Reply #25 on: May 15, 2017, 03:25:58 PM »
Bit of storm in a teacup

Any disparaging remarks are gonna be highlighted and spun through the media

Sounds like Arline just had a bit of Blonde moment herself

Yeah that's how I see it, just the nonsense you have to put up with here. Wait to we see how many days this lasts on the news cycle


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« Reply #26 on: May 15, 2017, 03:59:14 PM »
I wouldn't take what Foster said as being too serious and it is a bit of a storm in a tea cup. However, it is very clear to me that she was trying to be condescending towards O'Neill with those comments. It was a daft thing to say on her behalf, why even steer the interview in that direction. 

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« Reply #27 on: May 15, 2017, 04:32:43 PM »
I'd have to say I thought the comments on the whole were complimentary although perhaps not appropriate in the circumstances of an interview. It has given more ammo to SF (no pun intended). As for the guy in Dunfanaghey if he wants to fly the flag and your insulted, sure don't visit his property. it's full of Brits anyway sure.

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Re: Arlene's Latest Gaffe
« Reply #28 on: May 15, 2017, 04:39:43 PM »
It's a wonder there's anybody left alive up north considering the insult sensitivity levels.

Then again, compare the two photos of Michelle taken from the same photo shoot with Arlene.

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Re: Arlene's Latest Gaffe
« Reply #29 on: May 15, 2017, 05:31:15 PM »
I cannot see how people dismiss this as a storm in a tea cup.

Arlene when asked about how she felt about a fellow politician replied about her looks rather than the job she thought she was doing. She would not have referred to Martin McGuinness as Curly or any other male politician in that way. It is highly sexist. She even tried to stop herself before saying it admitting that it was sexist.

Forgetting the politics, if you don't see this as sexist then you are seriously missing the point.

Then look at who it is coming from, the former first minister and it is just yet more proof of her incompetence in the job.