Tuesday 25 May 2010

O'Loan sent to detention

It seems that SDLP headmistress Margaret Ritchie called in naughty boy Declan O'Loan for a stern talking-to. And despite whatever excuses the naught boy could offer, Headmistress Ritchie has sent him to detention.
The SDLP has said the party whip has been removed from the North Antrim MLA Declan O'Loan following his call for a single nationalist party. Mr O'Loan will now not be able to meetings of the party's assembly group.

It said party leader Margaret Ritchie took action following a meeting with Mr O'Loan on Tuesday. The party said the whip has been removed for an indefinite period which the leader will decide.
So, despite O'Loan's (probably unwilling) retraction of his original statement, he has still been punished "for an indefinite period which the leader will decide". This implies that he did not prostrate himself before her today – he clearly argued back, and as we all know, naughty boys who argue back are punished more severely!

The SDLP will presumably now need a new spokesman for finance and personnel, since O'Loan is in detention for the foreseeable future.

Will he take his punishment without a murmur, or will he fight back? That is today's Question of the Day. Tomorrow's question of the day might be whether the SDLP has a future now that it has opted for totalitarianism at the top. O'Loan's 'retraction' yesterday was almost Stalinesque.

This blog has never been a fan of Ritchie, but she seems to be driving the SDLP over a cliff much quicker than anyone expected.

4 comments:

hoboroad said...

SDLP Councillor Catherine McCambridge was quoted as giving her backing to O’Loan following the story breaking and insisting the SDLP needed to ‘move on’ adding the idea of nationalist unity was ‘worthwhile pursuing in the longterm’.

Cllr Orla Black was also quoted as saying O’Loan and grassroots members of the SDLP were all ‘singing from the same hymn sheet’ and ‘we want to start discussions’

As yet neither of these Councillors or other party members have been publicly censured like O’Loan.

Anonymous said...

Nationalist unity - now!

Anonymous said...

where was O loan in the run up to elections? was he crying out for nationalist unity then, no, It's a political move by him to boost his assembly campaign.

seamus kilby said...

where was O loan in the run up to elections? was he crying out for nationalist unity then, no, It's a political move by him to boost his assembly campaign.

Who knows? Maybe there is a bit of nudge,nudge,wink,winkery going on under the surface between Mags and Deccie.