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>Seriously earlier this evening this was how we found out which Government departments were being chosen by which party in the Northern Ireland Executive. Though the Official NI Assembly Twitter feed came a number of Tweets.

So there we have it. Via Twitter we were informed that:

  • DUP will informally take Department of Finance and Personel
  • Sinn Féin Department of Education
  • DUP Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment
  • UUP Department of Regional Development
  • Sinn Féin Departmenf of Agriculture and Rural Development
  • SDLP Department of the Environment
  • DUP Department of Social Development
  • Sinn Féin Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure
  • DUP Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
  • Alliance Department of Employment and Learning
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>No doubt this afternoon, many of hostelries in Belfast will be full with civil servants, private sector workers and others having a Christmas lunch, post work drink or whatever. Foursqaure, Twitter, Facebook and email or whatever will be going haywire keeping up with the comings and goings of everyone moving about, not just here but everywhere else. This is the last Friday that everyone will be in the office after all.

However, so many of my friends have pointed out this Digital take on the Nativity. Probably a good job that Mary, Joseph, the gospel writers and the others didn’t have the digital technology that we do now. But enjoy…

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Image used with permission from
gyronny.com

Last week Ben Summerskill warned the LGB community (Stonewall doesn’t do T) to beware of politicians playing political football with the issue of equal marriage.

Over the last week the tweets and comments have been coming thicker and faster from all political parties and those with none. There is uproar from a broad section of the LGBT community that hasn’t been since 1969 and the original Stonewall riots. I think we have noticed that Ben Summerskill is like a poor confused pupil standing on the playing fields of Rugby unsure of what to make of William Webb Ellis‘s innovation. For those of you who don’t know Webb Ellis was the pupil credited with picking up a football on the playing fields of Rugby and creating a whole new game which bears the school’s name.

To me that is the ideal analogy of what has happened to Stonewall and Ben Summerskill over the last few months/years. Other groups and even the mainstream political parties have picked up the ball of equality and are running with it in hand. They are holding unto equality tightly, not controlling its passage with taps from their feet. For them equality is not just equalising LGB rights it is about inclusiveness of SLGBTQ* (Staight, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning) rights, something that while Stonewall say they stand for equality they seem unable to support.

The right of heterosexuals to have equal access to Civil Partnerships was part of the Lib Dem Policy passed last week. It was also part of the original CP legislation going through Parliament, which Stonewall say they were championing, yet now they (or is it just Ben) say they are not standing for heterosexual equality.

The policy also included Humanist celebrants in the right to marry or civil partner couples in England and Wales. Something that they had only been able to do in Scotland before. An equality of beliefs which Stonewall probably don’t want to recognise or support.

The fact is that the equality that is left to fight for has to be fair to heterosexual, homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender people. That is the whole new ball game. It is the ironing out of the little things that were once thought separate is okay as long as we step along the right path. It’s time to smooth those out, being equal need to be just that, equal opportunities for all.

If Summerskill can’t see that maybe it is time for Team Stonewall to select a new captain. Or if Stonewall really cannot see them, maybe they should get out of the game. 86% of the recent PinkNews poll were in favour of equal marriage, 61% of the general public in a recent poll said the same.

It truly is time to work out how to do, not work out the issues for why ‘society’ can’t.

* May even have to add AP
to that for Asexual or Polyamorous.

Image used with permission from
gyronny.com

Last week Ben Summerskill warned the LGB community (Stonewall doesn’t do T) to beware of politicians playing political football with the issue of equal marriage.

Over the last week the tweets and comments have been coming thicker and faster from all political parties and those with none. There is uproar from a broad section of the LGBT community that hasn’t been since 1969 and the original Stonewall riots. I think we have noticed that Ben Summerskill is like a poor confused pupil standing on the playing fields of Rugby unsure of what to make of William Webb Ellis‘s innovation. For those of you who don’t know Webb Ellis was the pupil credited with picking up a football on the playing fields of Rugby and creating a whole new game which bears the school’s name.

To me that is the ideal analogy of what has happened to Stonewall and Ben Summerskill over the last few months/years. Other groups and even the mainstream political parties have pick up the ball of equality and are running with it in hand. They are holding unto equality tightly, not controlling its passage with taps from their feet. For them equality is not just equalising LGB rights it is about inclusiveness of SLGBTQ* (Staight, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning) rights, something that while Stonewall say they stand for equality they seem unable to support.

The right of heterosexuals to have equal access to Civil Partnerships was part of the Lib Dem Policy passed last week. It was also part of the original CP legislation going through Parliament, which Stonewall say they were championing, yet now they (or is it just Ben) say they are not standing for heterosexual equality.

The policy also included Humanist celebrants in the right to marry or civil partner couples in England and Wales. Something that they had only been able to do in Scotland before. An equality of beliefs which Stonewall probably don’t want to recognise or support.

The fact is that the equality that is left to fight for has to be fair to heterosexual, homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender people. That is the whole new ball game. It is the ironing out of the little things that were once thought separate is okay as long as we step along the right path. It’s time to smooth those out, being equal need to be just that, equal opportunities for all.

If Summerskill can’t see that maybe it is time for Team Stonewall to select a new captain. Or if Stonewall really cannot see them, maybe they should get out of the game. 86% of the recent PinkNews poll were in favour of equal marriage, 61% of the general public in a recent poll said the same.

It truly is time to work out how to do, not work out the issues for why ‘society’ can’t.

* May even have to add AP
to that for Asexual or Polyamorous.

>Earlier today Sally Bercow tweeted this

It got me thinking what would have been the five cryptic clues that Ted Rogers would have read out on the show 3-2-1 for the five Labour Leadership contenders.

For younger readers 3-2-1 was a Saturday evening entertainment/quiz show by Yorkshire Television which had sketches intermingled with cryptic clues for contestants to try and guess what prizes they were. One of the prizes was Dusty Bin for which the contestants actually got a new bin and a small souvenir version.

So here are my set of clues can you tell who is who:

I’m off to the races and that suits me fine
But this two horse race needs a new winner this time.
I’ll energetically bring about change
My words once laid out the Scottish range.

I’ve jumped to the challenge since I was born
But Swedish robes have my reputation torn
Some call me tasteless, but net beware
Our kids are best under two parent care.

I’m no coach potato any day of the week
I’m the first or so my tutor might speak.
Some Finns aren’t so white I learnt to my cost
My child will be educated bugger the cost.

My ancestry is an important part of who I am
But I do with education is like American.
Though not with the Tracey’s international rescue
Grey matter was the porn writer’s ‘hey you!’.

JFK was a way to help with my studies
But my family and animals is part of the stories.
It’s good to talk but not always while driving
But second homes really ought to be in the West Riding.

I’ll give you the answers tomorrow.

Earlier today Sally Bercow tweeted this

It got me thinking what would have been the five cryptic clues that Ted Rogers would have read out on the show 3-2-1 be for the five Labour Leadership contenders.

For younger readers 3-2-1 was a Saturday evening entertainment/quiz show by Yorkshire Television which had sketches intermingled with cryptic clues for contestants to try and guess what prizes they were. One of the prizes was Dusty Bin for which the contestants actually got a new bin and a small souvenir version.

So here are my set of clues can you tell who is who:

I’m off to the races and that suits me fine
But this two horse race needs a new winner this time.
I’ll energetically bring about change
My words once laid out the Scottish range.

I’ve jumped to the challenge since I was born
But Swedish robes have my reputation torn
Some call me tasteless, but net beware
Our kids are best under two parent care.

I’m no coach potato any day of the week
I’m the first or so my tutor might speak.
Some Finns aren’t so white I learnt to my cost
My child will be educated bugger the cost.

My ancestry is an important part of who I am
But I do with education is like American.
Though not with the Tracey’s international rescue
Grey matter was the porn writer’s ‘hey you!’.

JFK was a way to help with my studies
But my family and animals is part of the stories.
It’s good to talk but not always while driving
But second homes really ought to be in the West Riding.

I’ll give you the answers tomorrow.

Here are the contact details of my Labour opponent taken from his official election literature

This from the man who in his first intervention in the Digital Economy Bill Debate said:

“I am listening with great interest to my hon. Friend and I am a great follower of Star Wars. I realise now, however, that my hon. Friend has identified himself as Yoda.”

Hat tip to Love and Garbage who’s also blogged about it.

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