I am a member of SDLP. I rarely use this Blog to criticise colleagues. But as Stormont will be the venue horse some nonsensical pageant….where young women will be judged on looks and personality, I can only condemn Dolores Kelly, Deputy Leader of the party for agreeing to be a judge.
It has already been described as the “Lovely Girls Competition”, the Father Ted episode which effectively means that we can no longer take the annual three night “Rose of Tralee” contest seriously.
Apparently Basil McCrea MLA is a judge but let’s be honest, nobody takes him seriously as a politician, least of all himself.
It is exactly the kind of thing Basil would do.
But Dolores Kelly …act your age. Last year, Dolores made a. Speech to the SDLP Annual Conference. The young woman, who introduced her to the podium, praised her as a role model for her generation of politicians. She was described as a “mentor”. Indeed Dolores in her speech paid tribute to her own mentor, Brid Rodgers.
The SDLP has a decent record in promoting women. Margaret Ritchie has led the Party. Brid and Dolores have been Deputy Leaders. There are some pretty formidable operators like Bernie Kelly, Nichola Mallon, Sharon Haughey, Brenda Stevenson and Claire Hanna. just what they and the SDLP Womens Group make of it all, I cant comprehend.
Does it really fall to a 61 year old dinosaur like myself to say this is a very bad idea? Does it really need spelling out that the Personality aspect of the contest does not stand scrutiny. That having a minimum height requirement of 5ft 7inches to even enter the contest suggests that women under that height cant have a personality. That would rule out Dolores.
To be honest…if height was a requirement for Personality, I would not have one.
Dolores…catch yourself on!!!