In Northern Ireland good news is that the stories of dour men and bombs and proclamations and more dour men in beige car coats has been broken by the tale of wife of the troubled province's leader Iris Robinson’s affair with a teenager.
Fundamentalist Christian Mrs Robinson, who is married to First Minister Peter, opined:
“There can be no viler act, apart from homosexuality and sodomy, than sexually abusing innocent children”.
Yeah, Mrs Robinson and the 19-year-old teenager. It’s life mirroring Simon and Garfunkel. As he notes:
The tune Mrs Robinson was released in 1968, when Robinson herself was … 19.
The news in a nutshell:
According to a BBC Spotlight documentary, Mrs Robinson’s affair in 2008 had been with a Catholic teenager, Kirk McCambley, who was 40 years her junior; worse, much worse, was the suggestion she had solicited £50,000 from two Irish businessmen to set McCambley up in business. And accepted a £5,000 kickback for her efforts. And demanded the money back when the relationship ended, having failed at any point to declare it in the registers of members’ interests in Stormont and Westminster…
Iris was 59 when she started sleeping with McCambley, whom she had known since he was nine. And though it is clearly unfair to compare her behaviour to the paedophilia she once condemned in the same breath as homosexuality, the imbalance of power, the fact she was “consoling” him over the death of his father and her apparent willingness to use money as a means of control, all smack of exploitation.
File under: Sex in Northern Irish politics: about time.