Th’yon Dupes spake til the votin’ fowk

You may already have seen the DUP election broadcast, or then again if you’re outside Norn Iron you may not. Here it is for your enjoyment, with the addition of subtitles devised by Professor Billy McWilliams for the benefit of monoglot Ulster-Scots speakers. An’ if yis hap an o’er tae 1690 An’ All Thon, yer man his done the same fur the Shinners as well.


  1. KeithBelfast said,

    April 18, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    The man is a legend.

  2. shane said,

    April 19, 2010 at 12:17 am

    Jeez, poor peter’s put on a lot of weight. he looks pregnant. (…maybe he is?)
    resist the cream bun.

  3. April 19, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    btw., very enjoyable the part in the infamous Ian Paisley Junior Leaflet that the TUVs Jim Allister tried to get banned about the cultural heritage of the constituency: “large Orange Order membership, marching bands, Ulster Scots” which the DUP tries to preserve, probably, even the Taliban would agree with them

  4. prianikoff said,

    April 19, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    The Reverend Billy Gibbons talkin’ some more obscure lingo here.
    I really can’t imagine what he means.

  5. April 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    The SF one is hilarious. The DUP one is good too, but it suffers from a common ailment of Irish political satire, in that the Robinson stand-up routine is so jaw-dropping that it’s almost impervious to parody.

    • WorldbyStorm said,

      April 19, 2010 at 8:26 pm

      That’s really true. I wonder how it will play though to those who see it? Mind you, some cruel moments there as regards his loving audience. 🙂

      • splinteredsunrise said,

        April 19, 2010 at 8:47 pm

        Robinson doing the pastor routine with his congregation doesn’t really work – Paisley does it so much better. You would have though Pastor McConnell at the Whitewell Tabernacle could have given him some tips.

      • WorldbyStorm said,

        April 20, 2010 at 7:35 am

        Shudder… 🙂

  6. ejh said,

    April 19, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    You’ve either got it or you haven’t

  7. Phil said,

    April 19, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    I loved the SF one – the subtitles for Gerry’s Irish had me in tears. I think it would have been just as funny if I’d understood the Irish – maybe a passing gaelgeoir can confirm or deny.

    • Ciarán said,

      April 21, 2010 at 1:05 pm

      Yeah, it’s still very funny. ‘A bit racist, but funny’ seems to be the general feedback I’ve been hearing from people.

      • Mark P said,

        April 21, 2010 at 8:20 pm

        A bit what?

        Is it racist against people who have beards?

      • Phil said,

        April 21, 2010 at 11:58 pm

        Mark – transliterating a language you don’t understand and ending up with phrases that sound silly is, in my experience, one of the funniest things there is. But it’s not particularly respectful towards that language or the people who speak it. The joke here is partly the suggestion that Adams isn’t actually one of those people, but even so I think “a bit racist” is fair comment.

      • Ciarán said,

        April 22, 2010 at 12:26 am

        The racism aspect needs a bit of background. Three years ago in the Assembly Gregory Campbell mocked the use of Irish in the chamber (the infamous ‘Yogi Bear’ comment for those who might remember), and was accused of racism by Irish language activists as a result. I think some people have maybe become overly sensitive about the issue since then though. The contexts aren’t exactly the same.

    • remaunsell said,

      April 21, 2010 at 8:18 pm

      its even funnier if you have irish

      as myles na gopaleen wrote in the brother
      neel na foomana kyarta in gwaleen naw i mayrla ag nah deeny oss Bayl Ferschta

      • Phil said,

        April 21, 2010 at 11:59 pm

        That’s easy for you to say.

      • Phil said,

        April 22, 2010 at 12:01 am

        Incidentally (it’s late and I’m tired), ever since I got into Myles 30+ years ago I’ve been wondering what he meant by the words “taw shay mahogany gaspipe”. Any ideas?

      • Ciarán said,

        April 22, 2010 at 12:36 am

        Ha, “Mahogany gaspipe”, I haven’t heard that in a while. The meaning behind it, insofar as I can guess, is that it makes no sense whatsoever but sounds Irish.

  8. April 21, 2010 at 11:02 am

    I’ve just figured out what’s so funny about the SF broadcast. The bit at the end where the camera pans left to reveal Gerry waddling into shot with his hands in his pockets talking into the lens; it’s pure Rab C. Nesbitt!

  9. April 21, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I had a look at the DUP manifesto. The Culture part is to say the least one sided….

    Assist Loyal Orders, bands and Ulster-Scots – new start for
    parades – bands strategy – developing Britishness –
    feasibility study into NI National Library

    Culture is an essential part of the mix that affirms who we are. The
    preservation,development and promotion of our rich culture both within Northern Ireland as a region within the United Kingdom and nationally across the United Kingdom is the determined goal of the Democratic Unionist Party.
    The DUP has worked to promote and develop the roles of the Loyal Orders,marching bands and Ulster-Scots heritage.The DUP has ensured:
    • there will be no Irish Language Act,
    • a new start and new structure for resolving parades,a timetable for
    completion of new parades legislation,and that the Parades Commission will be gone by the end of the year,
    • de-Rating of Orange Halls,
    • new compensation arrangements for attacked halls,
    • Stormont providing greater funding for the Twelfth and other Orange activities,
    • reform of the Community Festivals Fund with money being taken from republican festivals and redirected to Orange events,
    • secured £1million benefiting 40 Orange Halls,
    • funding to purchase instruments for marching bands,
    • funding for musical tuition,
    • recognition of marching bands as Northern Ireland’s largest provider of community arts
    • Stormont working with Bands Forum to develop strategy for future development including areas such as support,raising standards,linking with schools and accessing media,
    • reform of Ulster-Scots Agency to aid delivery to grassroots community projects,
    • additional £1million to Ulster-Scots Agency,
    • working for equality between Irish and Ulster-Scots culture.

    • Ciarán said,

      April 21, 2010 at 1:11 pm

      When I was a student at Queen’s, all of the unionist candidates in the student elections, bar none, would have “opposing cultural fascism” as part of their manifestos. It was only when you dug a little deeper that you found out that ‘cultural fascism’ equated to promotion of the Irish language around campus.

      Should I really be surprised that the DUP put blocking the ILA at the top of their list?

    • Phil said,

      April 21, 2010 at 6:39 pm

      additional ÂŁ1million to Ulster-Scots Agency,

      For sheer comedy value that’s almost money well spent.

  10. April 21, 2010 at 11:52 pm

    Gratins an’ Bord Failte til yis Socialist Folk
    Ma thanks fur the link, but ah am rather perturbed by a couple o’ the comments. Racialist ma arse, whar ah come frae, it is calt “takin’ the hawn.”

  11. May 11, 2010 at 11:12 am

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