The spirit of Stakhanov lives on!


One of the complaints you most often hear about our politicians is that they don’t do enough work to justify their remuneration. So why don’t we take a moment to raise our hats to Ian Paisley Junior?

Baby Doc, as you’ll be aware, represents the people of North Antrim in the Stormont Assembly. He is also a junior minister in the Office of the First and Deputy First Ministers. But is Junior content with merely doing two jobs? No, he is not. Word reaches us that he is also on Papa Doc’s House of Commons payroll as a researcher.

In the present political climate, some may cry nepotism. But surely this is unduly harsh. Shouldn’t we be applauding Baby Doc’s zeal for public service? A man so dedicated that he can manage to work three jobs at once? In the Soviet Union, they would have given him a medal.


  1. Lobby Ludd said,

    February 7, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Looking at his photo, I think you have missed out on his fourth job, moonlighting as Prince Andrew. (Could be the other way round, of course, what with Mr Windsor having plenty of time on his hands.)

  2. charliemarks said,

    February 8, 2008 at 1:59 am

    I like the idea of doing one job and getting three wages… seriously, though, there must be some evidence that he doesnt actually do the representaton job… or the researching.

    Smells like corruption.

    In which case, a gold-plated medallion with a picture of tricky dicky and the words “I am not a crook – oh, alright, I am a crook, you got me!”

  3. splinteredsunrise said,

    February 8, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Unfortunately, the photo is actually of the late AG Stakhanov, which would put another slant on things…

  4. Lobby Ludd said,

    February 8, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    There are photos of Stakhanov? I thought he was far too busy for that kind of frippery. Mind you, filling in for Mr Windsor wouldn’t be much of a challenge.

  5. charliemarks said,

    February 9, 2008 at 2:19 am

    Perhaps someone has been filling in for Andy – his gaffe about Iraq was pretty revealling. Seems its the “off the record” consensus that the Americans ignored advice from the Brits about doing occupations… All very relevant considering they’re got the armed forces down for fourty years in Afghanistan.

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