Let's just hope it's beginners' nerves for this lot ...
Published 25/05/2011 | 09:19
The best of British/Irish to our new ministers up at Stormont. I often wonder how they're getting on.
John O'Dowd in Education. I picture him poring over grammar books, brushing up on his "I saw" and "I dids" as opposed to "I seen" and "I done". But maybe that's just a hopeful dream on my part. I mean, to want an Education minister to speak well, is that too much to ask?
I also picture Michelle O'Neill at Agriculture getting a Fr Ted style quick lesson in animals - "Small cow ... far away cow ... "
Over in Health, I hope Edwin Poots' belief in Creationism vs evolution doesn't hinder his getting the job done in a modern way.
And I look forward to seeing how much the new Arts minister's personal interests impact there. Now the Queen's a fan of the Irish language, will they consider using her as a poster girl for the Irish Language Act? Never say never!