I’m not surprised that El Gordo would be playing silly buggers with the Liberal Democrats, but it is a bit of a shocker to hear of his cunning plan to appoint Comber man Paddy Ashdown as the next Six-County proconsul. And if that was a surprise, it was astonishing to hear Lord Pantsdown quoting Wittgenstein (an “obscure Austrian philosopher” as the BBC news had it) – I’d never pictured Paddy with his nose in the Tractatus. Or maybe he got it from a bumper book of quotations.
This would, I suppose, provide some employment for Pantsdown, who has been at a loose end since standing down as King of Bosnia. And it would be a logical progression from his appointment as head of the review into Orange marches. But, if we must have a Lib Dem secretary of state, just for entertainment value I’d rather have Bangor man Lembit Öpik, meteorite expert, Lib Dem spokesman on Norn Iron and Outer Space (how does he tell the difference?) and friend of the Cheeky Girls. Now there’s somebody who would provide a lively counterpoint to the grey suits at Stormont.