Jeffrey Donaldson, man for all seasons


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.


  1. February 27, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    I found your site on google blog search and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. Just added your RSS feed to my feed reader. Look forward to reading more from you.

    – Randy Nichols.

  2. WorldbyStorm said,

    February 28, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    Does he have time for anything else in his life?

    As for Dustin, here’s an interesting one. I was out with a friend of about 30 y.o. on Monday who was disgusted with it whereas a bunch of us 40 somethings were sort of enjoying it. It’s rubbish, and my thoughts are with the KLF, but it’s also sort of good… certainly no more than the Eurovision deserves…

  3. Garibaldy said,

    February 29, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Maybe Jeffrey could sing on Eurovision instead. As step towards building confidence and a shared all-island future.

  4. WorldbyStorm said,

    March 1, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Could Jeffrey be worse? Or better? I think not.

  5. ulster1st said,

    May 17, 2009 at 5:43 am

    Can Jeffrey be a ” Real ” force for change at Stormont , lets trust and pray he gets all the help he can . In unity is strength and Ulster needs Unity more now than ever . God bless Jeffrey

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