Well that was interesting.
There are effectively two places the SDLP could have held a meeting with Ann Travers…seemingly to clarify their stance on the Jim Allister (TUV) “Special Advisor” Bill.
One venue would be Stormont. But that would be a goldfish bowl, with journalists all over the place. The second venue would be SDLP HQ on the Ormeau Road. More discrete.
So interesting that Gareth Gordon and a BBC crew show up on the pavement outside the SDLP HQ for an interview with Ms Travers before and after her meeting. Gareth Gordon also grabbed a brief word with Alex Attwood going into the building and Alex said he would talk to Mr Gordon after the meeting.
Now the only reason that we know about this non-interview is because BBC showed it in the context of a particuarly tetchy Alex refusing to speak to Gareth Gordon After the meeting.
In fairness to Alex Attwood, the reporter did crowd him in by effectively blocking his way as he walked thru some cars in front of SDLP office. But Alex seemed just a tad over-the-top by telling Gareth Gordon to “show some respect. Frankly I cant think of a single good reason why any politician should be nice to journalists.
I daresay that Gareth Gordon will be taking some flak from SDLP Press Office But I suspect the irritation is in part due to Gareth Gordon being there in the first place.