King Herod today announced his support for increased kindergarten provision in Judea.
Robert Mugabe has confirmed his ongoing commitment to the democratic process.
And in another story from a parallel universe, Edwin Poots, Northern Ireland’s Culture Supremo has said that:
"Respect for each other helps society to flourish....more"
He was speaking this evening at the Annual Schools Against Racism Poetry and Short Story Competition in the Linenhall Library.
Speaking at the event, the Minister said: "We live in an extremely diverse country with people of many different colours, creeds and nationalities choosing to make it their home and this is something which should be welcomed and celebrated. Which is why the theme of this competition; respect, is particularly important.
“In Northern Ireland, we have lived in a divided society for too long. The lasting peace has given people here the opportunity to break down barriers and begin to be able to live and work together. We must continue to challenge and change any prejudices and we can all play our part in this.
Fine words, but will Edwin be challenging this kind of prejudice delivered up from an undoubted DUP apparachnik in The Newsletter?:
By establishing devolution, unionists are now in charge of their own affairs and able to not only prevent the opposition from making gains, but also to make gains of our own. Look, for example, at the issue of funding for UlsterScots.
For the very first time ever, funding for UlsterScots will be greater than funding going to the Irish cultural sector. When, under Direct Rule, did Irish cultural enthusiasts take to the streets because they were unhappy with government decisions?
Or will he be attempting to change this(via Chekov) kind of attitude from a felloe DUPe councillor:
A meeting of North Down Borough Council’s Corporate Committee turned sour last month when DUP councillor John Montgomery offered up a tub of the dairy product for examination.
He blasted the retailer for branding it ‘Irish whipping cream’ produced in ‘Irish pastures’, when a closer inspection of information on the back showed it was churned out in Northern Ireland.
Probably not, I don't think those are quite the kind of prejudices he had in mind.