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SDLP's Mark Durkan wins Westminster "wit of the year" award.

factual

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BBC News - Foyle MP Mark Durkan is Westminster 'Wit of the Year'

Mr Durkan was presented with a framed caricature on the night depicting him reading from a book of 'Durkanisms'.
Mr Durkan jokingly said: "Natural Irish sense is what passes for wit in a British Parliament."
The Annual Alternative Parliamentary Awards organised by GovNet Communications and held in the House of Lords.
The spirit behind the Wit of the Year award is as much about a parliamentarian's jocular nature and style in the tea-rooms and corridors of Westminster as much as in the House of Commons chamber itself.
Well done Mark. I have always thought him an impressive orator, whose speeches in the Commons are interesting to listen to, as well as, in places, quite witty. He deserves the prize!
 


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His .... " X knows the road to Damascus better than a Syrian taxi driver " is a minor classic.
 

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Paisley had great wit too when he put his mind to it. A pity the DUP is now represented by automatons like Nigel Dodds, Londongregory and the Singing Loyalist Reverend.
 

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Durcan came up with the highly apt and amusing " Sunningdale for slow learners " when describing the GFA, even though Seamus Mallon was the first to use it publicly.
 

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He introduced a lot of terms. He coined the term "ugly scaffolding" . This referred to all the safeguarding mechanisms in the Assembly's voting, including the designation into nationalist and unionist. It is quite apt, because the idea is that something is being built, there is scaffolding, that hopefully, one day, can be taken away.
 

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Boris Johnson....surely.
Guy's as sharp as a tack.
Durkan has some good lines but lacks delivery.
 
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Durcan came up with the highly apt and amusing " Sunningdale for slow learners " when describing the GFA, even though Seamus Mallon was the first to use it publicly.
Never knew that. For me, that is probably the best witty quote of the troubles, by a mile! I'd always assumed that it came from Mallon's background as a schoolteacher.
 
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Boris Johnson....surely.
Guy's as sharp as a tack.
Durkan has some good lines but lacks delivery.
Boris works the crowd with his pretend buffoonery.................... but because he is very smart, he is also transparent to other smart people. He's just a right wing conman.
 

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Paisley had great wit too when he put his mind to it.
Our ancestors cut a civilisation out of the bogs and meadows of this country while Mr Haughey's ancestors were wearing pig skins and living in caves."

Dr. Ian Kyle Paisley, Omagh 1981.

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Caused a bit of a stir, I think.
 

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Boris Johnson....surely.
Guy's as sharp as a tack.
Durkan has some good lines but lacks delivery.
Boris ain't in the Commons.
 

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No Durkan quip concerning pira playgrounds ? :)
 
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If he stood in ROI he would be teashop in an instant . Just for the craic.
Whereas if he stood in NI.................................some loyalist winoboy with an accompanying cider problem would send him a death threat for the crime of being moderately civilised............:)
 

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Whereas if he stood in NI.................................some loyalist winoboy with an accompanying cider problem would send him a death threat for the crime of being moderately civilised............:)


Wino loyalist boys do that sorta stuff on a daily basis unfortunately.
 

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Whereas if he stood in NI.................................some loyalist winoboy with an accompanying cider problem would send him a death threat for the crime of being moderately civilised............:)
I think our friend Boris would rather be parachuted into the Chorley Conservative party office than have to stand in any part of our wee island.
 

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Never knew that. For me, that is probably the best witty quote of the troubles, by a mile! I'd always assumed that it came from Mallon's background as a schoolteacher.
The "I can't believe it's not the IRA" quip came from me in a public forum, about 6 years ago.
A few months later I heard Paddy Kielty use in in his gig.
Thats my claim to fame anyway.:-(
 

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