Kudos to Naomi Long MP for East Belfast, for suggesting that a new bridge in East Belfast be named for the newest member of the British “Royal Family”.
I am not entirely sure how this fits in with the Alliance Party’s vision of a shared future. Indeed the bridge is inside Belfast City Council property…Victoria Park. Shared Future? Shared Space?
But I think it DOES neatly fit in with Naomi’s need to rehabilitate herself and her discredited Alliance Party with the unionist voters in East Belfast.
That should bring out the Garden Centre vote after the debacle of the Flegs Dispute, which was totally mismanaged by Alliance.
Even if she loses Westminster in 2015, Naomi can put her feet up on a bench in the “House of Lords”.
I have often made the point that living in Norn Iron in 2013 is a bit like living here in the 1960s. A passive time.
And in December 2012,I blogged about the naming of a Bridge in Belfast…in the 1960s. With loyalists calling for a new bridge over the River Lagan to be called after Edward Carson, the letsgetalongerist/liberal unionist Prime Minister, Terence O’Neill decided on “Queen Elizabeth Bridge”
Choosing a “royal” name did not help Terence O’Neill because within a few years, he was ousted by extremists.
The precedent is not therefore good for Naomi Long.
But thats the whole point of “British Royalty” in Norn Iron. To provide cover for “letsgetalongerists”.
But the new “royal baby” seems a bit young to be shamelessly used by Naomi Long to save her Westminster seat.
Most readers will be far too young to be familiar with the 1960s song “The Bridge” I believe it was by the Go Lucky Four and had the lines.
“Is it Wolfe Tone, Carson, Lagan Bridge…somebody called it Paul….I think that we would be better off of we had no bridge at all”.
It doesnt sound like Naomi has it in her record collection.