If Political Parties Were Football Clubs….

In 1998, we had a family holiday in North Wales. One day we went up to Manchester. On another day we went to Liverpool…obviously we went to Old Trafford, Anfield and Goodison Park.

The city of Liverpool…I like it. All that Beatles stuff, Albert Dock. Took a bus up to Anfield. It was July and took a walk outside the home of Liverpool FC. To be honest it was a bit unimpressive and in the Club Shop the staff were a bit surly. Its a short walk to Everton….and the staff in the shop were just great. I needed some pretty obscure football programmes and they went across the street to the storeroom and got them for me. And a load of freebies for my sons. Nice.I was almost sorry to be a Manchester United fan because there are not many freebies at Old Trafford.

Now of course that was one day in July 1998. I dont mean to imply Liverpool bad, Everton good. Although of the two I have always preferred Everton. In part because in the 1970s and 1980s Liverpool were just too….ya know….Liverpool.

So the DUP and Sinn Fein….they are Rangers and Celtic. Of the two I prefer Celtic (#2 preference). SDLP are obviously Manchester United. For ten years now there has been little success …a bit like United in the 1970s. Whether SDLP has to endure the “1980s” or goes straight to the “1990s” depends on whether Alasdair McDonnell turns out to be Ron Atkinson or Alex Ferguson.

The Green Party …I cant see them playing football. Its bad for the environment. UUP are clearly Rangers (after liquidation). The McUnionists are shaping up well as Everton…not my team but I like them.

The Alliance Party…..are like Leeds United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelski and….Wimbledon rolled into one. Obnoxious.

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11 Responses to If Political Parties Were Football Clubs….

  1. Political Tourist says:

    Political parties and football teams.
    The SNP must be the tartan army.
    If the provos are Celtic then what does that make Hibernian.

  2. Political Tourist says:

    Strange but true but the Hibs supporters Northern Ireland branch, a real cross section of folks if there ever was one, try a Church of Scotland minister working in East Belfast, a couple of ex “Jocks” who married locals mixed with the odd Belfast student who studied at Edinburgh Uni.
    And best of all, for a while they were holding their meet ups in a Workers Party social club down the Lower Falls.
    Who says Football and politics don’t mix.

  3. factual says:

    Speaking of which…..new party website:


  4. hoboroad says:

    The new political party formed by former Ulster Unionists Basil McCrea and John McAllister is to be called NI21, the BBC understands.

    • Yes…I think its a pity that the BBC revealed it.
      BBC are party poopers here and Stephen Walker the reporter will hardly endear himself to Basil and John.
      His report had an element of showing off.

  5. hoboroad says:

    At the launch the new party leaders will be taking questions from Twitter before the local journalists. Well done Stephen Walker.

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