So it’s goodbye to Ian Paisley Junior as the DUP’s junior minister in the Stormont Executive. And it’s hello to his replacement. But who could possibly replace Baby Doc’s Stakhanovite willingness to do three jobs at once?
Happily, there is such a man. It’s Jeffrey Donaldson, whose zeal for public service actually exceeds Wee Ian’s. Jeffrey Boy is not only a member of the Stormont Assembly, he’s also a Westminster MP, a councillor and a member of the Policing Board. And now he’s a junior minister as well. Not to mention his singing career…
Of course, you have to take the rough with the smooth. Jeffrey Boy’s appointment as junior minister means he’ll have to give up some committee posts at Stormont. It’ll be a wrench, I know, but I’m sure Jeffrey will face up to this sacrifice with equanimity.
Rud eile: What about Dustin the Turkey, eh? It’s “My Lovely Horse” all over again, providing proof if proof were needed that Father Ted was a documentary. And of course, winding up Dana is always a good thing.
Update 1.3.o8: Jeffrey has now eased his workload by resigning his seat on the Policing Board. His replacement is… Ian Paisley Jr! Nice work if you can get it.