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David Quinn: Robinson played into the hands of her enemies

Published 15/01/2010 | 05:00

The vitriol against Iris Robinson is similar to the criticism of Sarah Palin. Photo: PA & Getty Images
The vitriol against Iris Robinson is similar to the criticism of Sarah Palin. Photo: PA & Getty Images

There is nothing liberals like quite so much as a sex scandal involving a conservative. If the conservative is also a Christian, a unionist, a DUP unionist at that, with a reputation for mouthing off in genuinely offensive ways about minority groups, then so much the better.

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Iris Robinson is obviously a deeply silly woman. But she knows that and doesn't need me sticking another blade between her ribs to join the forest of blades that is already there. She is also very unwell, which is what makes some of the attacks on her so unsavoury, not to say merciless.

Robinson is accused of preaching a harsh, Old Testament brand of morality, in keeping with her particular brand of religion.

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