The return of Pantsdown


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.


  1. ejh said,

    June 22, 2007 at 9:34 am

    Why isn’t his second chin straight?

  2. splinteredsunrise said,

    June 22, 2007 at 11:11 am

    Maybe being a Liberal Democrat MP is just his secret identity, and he’s really Mr Fantastic.

  3. WorldbyStorm said,

    June 22, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    Actually, what is Lembits take on the ‘national’ question?

  4. charliemarks said,

    June 22, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    What possible expertise does Norn Iron need? The latest hoot is that Gordy put on his fuck-me shoes for Sir John Stevens, former head of the Met. Blair was bad enough with sucking to the polis, but does his successor want a police state? The mind boggles.

    And as for Lembit. What does she see in him?

  5. splinteredsunrise said,

    June 23, 2007 at 11:01 am

    What Lembit’s take is on the national question, I have no idea. If I’ve heard him say anything on the subject, it was in one ear and out the other.

    Although he may have some interesting thoughts on Romania.

  6. Andy Newman said,

    June 25, 2007 at 12:35 pm

    Bangor man?

    I don’t recognise “Lembit Öpik” as being a particularly old welsh name.

  7. splinteredsunrise said,

    June 25, 2007 at 12:40 pm

    Of course I meant Bangor in North Down. It’s a seaside resort lying between Holywood and Donaghadee. That’s where Lembit grew up, though IIRC his family is Estonian.

  8. charliemarks said,

    June 25, 2007 at 1:11 pm

    At which point Lembit would tell you his “O’Pick” story…

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