Thursday 25 May 2017

Why I show no mercy to Ming, McFeely and Adams

Ruthless Ruth Dudley Edwards is drawing up her list of newsmakers who merit a one-way ticket off our island

ELF: Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, our top political clown since Jackie Healy-Rae
ELF: Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, our top political clown since Jackie Healy-Rae

I didn't even long-list Jedward for the Most-Annoying-Celebrity slot in my annual list of those I wish to deport until they turned up in the Irish Times Christmas magazine. Explaining why Christmas Day wasn't that special for them, Edward confided: "Me and John give so much all year, it's not like a different day for us, of giving, because we always give so much to everybody."

Such generosity is contagious. Guys, I'm chucking you out with a one-way ticket. Bono's off the hook till next year.

Next comes Ming Flanagan, our top political clown since the retirement of Jackie Healy-Rae. It's almost 2014 now and we must put childish things behind us. We are a sovereign people once again, so do you really think we should be taking seriously an elf called Luke who won a seat by giving himself a makeover inspired by Ming the Merciless, a character from Flash Gordon, a Thirties cartoon strip?

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