As Slugger O’Toole asks the question “How Would Rory McIlroy Vote? …And Why It is Important” it is clearly a case of Life imitating Art.
On 13th September 2013, I wrote a piece here called “Celebrity Stormont”. It was 50% serious and 50% tongue in cheek.
Our local celebrities unlike their English (and Scottish) counterparts are reluctant to be identified with a political party.
Indeed, David Tennant (Dr Who) is the voice-over in Labour Election broadcasts. William Roache (Ken Barlow) is a Tory and Brian Cox (the Scottish actor) is very publicly SNP.
Yet we dont know the politics of our locals. There is of course a serious dimension. Of those that vote, our Society breaks down into …Unionist (50%) Nationalist (40%) and LetsGetAlongerist (10%). So why do I get the feeling that people in public life do not reflect this breakdown.
Are the “movers and shakers”…..the (say) one hundred best known and loved faces in Norn Iron….truly representative. LetsGetAlongerists like to claim that our Politics is unrepresentative of our “Society”.
Of course we are formed by birth, income, education,religion and location…and philosophy.
But is Mickey Harte, the Tyrone GAA manager going to vote DUP next week? Will “Dame” Mary Peters be putting her “X” against Sinn Féin?
What about Quintin Oliver? ….maybe TUV. Patrick Corrigan of Amnesty? ….UKIP.
Will any celeb endorse a Party?
Below is a list of nearly forty of our wonderful celebrities. I wish Lucid Talk would conduct a poll.
Professor Deirdre Heenan
Professor Rik Wilford
Eamonn Mallie (oh wait hes not best loved)
Alan in Belfast
Cardinal Sean Brady
Chief Constable Matt Baggott
A good parlour game.