“The View” (Thursday night 10 40 pm) is the flagship politics programme on BBC Norn Iron.
I never watch it of course. It represents all I do not like about local politics…DUP, TUV, UUP, Greens, Alliance, Sinn Féin. And commentators and bloggers.There is nothing worth than an over-promoted blogger.
About two weeks ago, while channel surfing I found “The View”….for about fifteen seconds. Alex Kane, a good commentator was actually commenting on an interview Colum Eastwood had just given to Mark Carruthers….while Colum sat there and listened.
I thought it was the oddest fifteen seconds of Norn Iron political journalism I have ever seen.
It reminded me of “Strictly Come Dancing” (another show I don’t watch) where a panel of judges critique dance performances by couples (one being professional and the other a celebrity amateur).
So as I channel surfed last night, who do I see but Mark Carruthers and Mary Lou McDonald from Sinn Féin and a judging panel…Fionnuala O’Connor and Newtown Emerson.
Ms O’Connor made a very valid point that Mary Lou’s answers were based on Carruthers questions and that his questions could have been better.
Carruthers got a bit sniffy and precious about that. Now I admit I never heard any of his questions. But that does seem a valid point.
But it does undermine the “Strictly” format, where the professional, Mark Carruthers is being judged rather than the amateur (in this case Mary Lou McDonald).
My experience of local journalists on TV goes back fifty years.
As a general rule, SDLP seemed to get on better with UTV people rather than BBC people. I wonder if that is just how I remember things.
Anyway back in the 1970s, we had the Brothers in the masonic lodges and the Brethren in the Orange order. And fun working out who was in one, who was in the other and who was in both.
I switched off before Newton Emerson contributed. Apparently he is now with the Irish Times.
Whatever he said might be reported by his old mucker, Mick Fealty on Slugger O’Toole…which is part fanzine devoted to Newton Emerson.