This video from the USA is from the film The Graduate (1967) – “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you?”
The lyrics of Simon and Garfunkel’s 1968 song Mrs Robinson are here.
Northern Irish fundamentalist religious politician Iris Robinson, and her husband, temporarily resigned Northern Irish First Minister Peter Robinson, are getting deeper and deeper into a sexual and financial scandal.
After news of Iris Robinson (the wife of the Northern Ireland First Minister) having an extramarital affair became public, a group was set up on Facebook attempting to get the song “Mrs. Robinson” to No.1 in the Official UK Singles Chart for this week via download sales. The chart will be announced on BBC Radio 1’s Chart Show this Sunday.
On Mr and Mrs Robinson‘s financial scandals: here.
Also from Wikipedia:
She is a Protestant Pentecostal Christian.
Reminds one more of Sarah Palin than of Anne Bancroft, though of Simon and Garfunkel’s song lyrics as well.
They were the first husband and wife ever to represent Northern Ireland constituencies in Parliament at the same time. …
Robinson‘s voting record shows that she voted … very strongly for the Iraq War …
Comments about homosexuality
In June 2008, shortly after a homophobic attack (involving physical assault) on a gay man in Northern Ireland, she made comments on the BBC Radio Ulster‘s Stephen Nolan Show offering to recommend homosexuals to psychiatric counselling. While condemning the attack, she claimed that homosexuality was an “abomination” and it made her feel “sick” and “nauseous”, and offered to refer homosexuals to a psychiatrist she knew. In a subsequent interview, Robinson defended her views and denied prejudice against LGBT people, saying that “just as a murderer can be redeemed by the blood of Christ, so can a homosexual…. If anyone takes issue, they’re taking issue with the word of God”. Her comments were rebuffed by representatives of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Rainbow Project, the Alliance Party, Sinn Féin, and the Social Democratic and Labour Party. The psychiatrist in question, Dr. Paul Miller, later resigned as her “adviser”, and temporarily stood down from his post of consultant psychiatrist at Belfast’s Mater hospital.
Homophobic Iris Robinson resigns from parliament: here.
Homophobic attack victim condemns Iris Robinson: here.
From British daily The Morning Star:
Who’d have thought being mentally ill would disqualify you from being a Democratic Unionist Party MP? Although I note that being a rabid homophobe didn’t.
Police in Belfast reported on Thursday that the wife of Northern Ireland’s first minister is being investigated for allegedly helping to fund the business of a young man that she was having an affair with: here.
Legg probe: love cheat Iris Robinson claimed £1,600 for bed on expenses: here.
The DUP has confirmed that Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson bought a piece of land from a developer for £5: here.
Flash: Political leaders announce agreement
The 26-County Taoiseach Brian Cowen and British prime minister Gordon
Brown today launched a deal to implement the 2006 St Andrews Agreement.
The deal between the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein includes
new plans on overseeing parades and confirming the Six-County
executive will take on policing and justice powers from April 12th.
The deal comes after nearly two weeks of round-the-clock negotiations
and brings an end to fears that the power-sharing government could have
collapsed after three years of stand-off.
A new six-member working group is to be established to deal with
contentious sectarian parades. Its work will begin immediately and will
be completed within three weeks. A timetable is laid out for new
legislation to deal with the parades issue to become law by the end of
The agreement calls for a review to be held of other outstanding issues
from the St Andrews Agreement. It contains no reference to the Irish
At a joint press conference outside Hillsborough Castle Mr Brown
praised the settlement. He said: “The achievements have been as great
as they are inspirational.
“This moment and this agreement belongs to the people of Northern
Ireland, all of the people, and now more than ever before so does their
Mr Brown said: “This is the last chapter of a long and troubled story
and the beginning of a new chapter after decades of violence, years of
talks, weeks of stalemate.”
He predicted that the settlement would help build a lasting peace and
is an “essential step for peace stability and security in Northern
Mr Cowen said today’s deal laid the foundations for a new future. “That
better future must be built on mutual respect for people of different
traditions, equality and tolerance and respect for each other’s
political aspirations and cultural expressions and inheritance,” he
The North’s First Minister, Peter Robinson of the DUP welcomed the deal
and said: it’s “a good day for Northern Ireland”, adding: “We have laid
the foundations for a better future for us all.
“There are some who will play politics with this agreement, but the
real focus in the months to come must be on building an administration
at Stormont that our whole community identifies with and supports.”
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness of Sinn Fein said that as an
Irish republican he wanted to see a united Ireland but recognised that
unionists preferred to maintain links with Britain.
He said he is “a minister for all citizens”. He insisted both
communities could and should live together in mutual respect. “We need
to confront and defeat all kinds of hatred.”
“We need to make life better for our children and grandchildren,” he
added. “That is what this agreement must mean in practice.”
In response to media questions, Peter Robinson refused to shake hands
on the deal. He said: “We’re not into the business of stunts.”
Mr McGuinness told journalists: “We are dealing with centuries old
difficulties here. If we are to succeed as a government, we have to
show people at grassroots level that we can work together. The last
thing that we want to do, while the eyes of the world are on us, is to
DUP assembly member Nelson McCausland said loyalist marching orders
would be very satisfied by what had been agreed and it should lead to
new legislation on parades.
British Direct Ruler Shaun Woodward said “the game is up” for dissident
republicans following last night’s agreement. He said the agreement
would ‘absolutely’ make Northern Ireland a safer place, and said it
reached out to all communities in the Six Counties.
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams said: “This is a very, very good day”.
“This (agreement) will make a huge difference to the lives of people
here if political leaders grasp it.”
He welcomed the DUP’s decision to back the deal and said: “There’s a
wonderful chance now in a new spirit for us all to go forward.”
He said there had not been enough movement on the Irish language but
that was “work for another day”.
However, the Ulster Unionist party declined to attend the round table
meeting with the two premiers. During the negotiations the party
consistently complained that it had been kept in the dark.
The Ulster Unionist assembly group is due to meet at Stormont to
consider its response later this morning.
The talks which centred on Hillsborough Castle, County Down, are the
longest set of continuous negotiations held in the near 20-year peace
The final piece in the political jigsaw that sealed agreement came at
Stormont’s Parliament Building last night as the DUP Assembly party
backed the deal. It followed Sinn Fein’s announcement earlier that
negotiations on policing, justice and parades had ended and republicans
believed the basis for an agreement existed.
Irish Republican News
See also here.
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The Graduate (12A)
Directed by Mike Nichols
FAR too many contemporary films seem hackneyed after only a few months, if not at first sight.
Which makes this classic story of sex, seduction and self-realisation all the more refreshing since, rerelased after 50 years, it’s as fresh, funny and cynically observant as it was when it won director Mike Nichols an Oscar and very well-deserved nominations for its three leads.
The Graduate tells the tale of 21-year-old college graduate Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) succumbing to the sexual advances of Mrs Robinson (Anne Bancroft) and then falling for her daughter Elaine (Katherine Ross) and they certainly do justice to the still-sharp screenplay (Calder Willingham and Buck Henry, from the novel by Charles Webb) which was rightly Oscar-nominated.
Serendipitously, Robert Redford missed out on the role of Braddock, leaving the 29-year-old Hoffman, described by Life magazine as resembling “a swarthy Pinocchio,” with a career-making role in a film that’s as sharp and satirical as when it first came out.
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