Saturday, January 16, 2010

Here’s to You, Mr. Robinson

We’ve been hearing a lot from the British media about the scandal that’s recently enveloped First Minister of Northern Ireland Peter Robinson. If you don’t know already, his 60-year-old “born again” politician wife, Iris, resigned her office in the wake of reports that she’d had an extramarital relationship with a 19-year-old male. But it seems that this affair has led to some angry messages being misaddressed to another Peter Robinson, the British-born Canadian creator of police Inspector Alan Banks and the author of 2009’s The Price of Love and Other Stories (shown above, with fellow wordsmith Stephen King).

This is what happens when you let some people near the Internet without adult supervision. As the BBC reports:
A best selling crime writer has appealed for people to stop e-mailing him about the Northern Ireland Robinson scandal.

Last week it emerged that Iris Robinson, the wife of First Minister Peter Robinson, and an MP herself, had cheated on him and tried to take her own life.

She also obtained £50,000 from two developers so [her young lover] could set himself up in business, which she failed to declare to a planning meeting.

There has been phenomenal interest in the story, which Yorkshire author Peter Robinson has found himself distantly connected to.

More used to writing about the adventures of Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks on the streets of the fictional town of Eastvale, Mr. Robinson has been sent condolences about his wife’s behaviour.
Author Robinson has issued this statement on his Web site:
Many thanks to all of you who have offered me your support in my time of difficulty--especially the person who said my wife was a homophobic slut who needed a good slapping around, and the other who suggested that I turn to Jesus Christ as my Saviour--but I must stress that I AM NOT Peter Robinson the politician, Northern Ireland’s First Minister.

I would have thought would be the first clue, as would even the most cursory glance at the site, but I guess people who send rude and insulting e-mails or push religion at the vulnerable were not, alas, at the front of the queue when the brains were handed out.
Methinks this case of mistaken identity requires the immediate and scrupulous attention of Inspector Banks.

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