“I remain just one thing, and one thing only, and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician” - Charlie Chaplin
I despair at times, I really do despair! So what do I despair about you may ask? Well as you might guess from the above Charlie Chaplin quote 'politicians'.
Quite a number of our political leaders in my eyes just don't pass muster, and in the news this week on a number of occasions my belief that the majority of politicians here are little more than clowns has been reinforced.
First up this week is John O'Dowd, who has a habit of coming across as little more than a gulpin. Famously O'Dowd dismissed complaints from the UUP, SDLP and Alliance party about being kept in the dark about a shared future plan, Mr O'Dowd's response: "So what?" So bearing that in mind it gives an indication of what some might consider a shared future.
This week John O'Dowd has refused to apologise to the TUV leader Jim Allister for taking 57 days to answer a letter despite the Northern Ireland Ombudsman saying Jim Allister was owed an apology.
However, Mr O'Dowd, told the BBC he was only sorry so much time had been wasted on this issue. "In my opinion, it just should have been dealt with in a more mature fashion by Mr Allister from the start and I'll not be wasting any more time on it."
Maybe John O'Dowd should take his responsibilities a little more seriously and deal with them a little more maturely. Like a schoolboy caught doing wrong in the playground O'Dowd seems to be more interested in trying to deflect blame rather than holding his hands up, saying ' a mistake was made, we'll do better' and putting the matter to bed. It must be great to be grown up!
Sadly another politician who would need to think before they speak is O'Dowd's party colleague, Derry City Councillor Patricia Logue. Logue in a UTV interview today seemed to imply that the organisers of the annual Bloody Sunday March had a responsibility for young people attacking the Fountain estate on Sunday night.
Firstly news reports state that the attacks happened after 7pm, nearly two hours after the march dispersed and was not on or near the parade or rally route and secondly there was no acknowledgement from Councillor Logue that the interface is a well known flashpoint and not just around the anniversary of Bloody Sunday.
What I would say as a mother to anyone throwing a petrol bomb into residential area is to think of the Quinn children who were murdered by Loyalists when their home was petrol bombed in 1998.
A petrol bomb is a deadly weapon, it can maim, it can kill, and whilst I agree with Cllr Logue that these attacks should stop, I feel her attempt to link the Bloody Sunday parade to these attacks is the product of another agenda.