Norn Iron academics big up Nelson

Amongst all the celebrations of Mandela’s 90th birthday at the weekend, you may have missed the news that the great man got an honorary doctorate from Queens. A nice gesture, and I’m sure Nelson was most gratified.

One recalls how the McMordie Hall in the Students Union was renamed the Mandela Hall in the 1980s, the name under which it’s now universally known. The unionists, of course, went buck mad at the university’s prime entertainment venue being named after a notorious terrorist. Thereafter their annual attempts to change the name – the George Best Lounge was one memorable suggestion – became a reliable source of entertainment.

The strange thing is that, due no doubt to the influence of unionists on Senate, the university authorities never recognised the name change. For all I know, it may officially be the McMordie Hall to this day. And they give old Nelson a doctorate? How’s that for chutzpah?

Rud eile: The unmissable Gail Walker does Zimbabwe this week. Apparently it’s all the fault of the liberal trendies. Also Mandela, but mainly the liberals. You know, at least Peter Hitchens, who believes in blaming the right people, was on the ball in pointing out that Uncle Bob came to power and committed his worst atrocities on Mrs Thatcher’s watch, and it was John Major’s government that awarded him the famous knighthood.

By the way, Gail, if you will insist on making extravagant claims about what “liberals” or “lefties” are saying, some names would be nice, or even the occasional quote. Otherwise people might get the unfortunate impression that you’re just making stuff up and being deliberately vague in your attributions so as not to be actionable.


  1. Mark P said,

    July 3, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    I’ve been meaning to ask this for a while. Why do you continue to subject yourself to the views of Gail Walker? Wouldn’t it be easier, and considerably less painful, to just sit at home and poke yourself in the eye?

    I mean, I can understand getting some kind of perverse pleasure out of wading through the swamp of her foolishness once in a while, but don’t you think you’re overdoing it at this stage? Think of your mental health man.

  2. splinteredsunrise said,

    July 4, 2008 at 7:44 am

    That’s why I can’t do it every week. But it’s the kind of thing that makes the Hibernian so compulsive. It’s nearly like a whole new theory of knowledge.

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