Things Karen Bradley Never Knew: Viral trend after Secretary of State admits lack of Northern Ireland knowledge
Karen Bradley sparked incredulity after admitting a lack of knowledge about Northern Ireland before taking up her post - and with it a viral social media trend was born.
In an interview with the Houses of Parliament The House Magazine, she admitted to not knowing unionists would not vote for nationalists and vice versa.
She also admitted to being "slightly scared" of the place saying it was a "very different world" to what she was used to.
"I freely admit that when I started this job, I didn’t understand some of the deep-seated and deep-rooted issues that there are in Northern Ireland," she told the magazine.
“I didn’t understand things like when elections are fought for example in Northern Ireland, people who are nationalists don’t vote for unionist parties and vice-versa.
"So, the parties fight for the election within their own community. Actually, the unionist parties fight the elections against each other in unionist communities and nationalists in nationalist communities. That’s a very different world from the world I came from.”
Since her admission last week the interview has inspired the #ThingsKarenBradleyNeverKnew on Twitter.
From where the international airport is, or isn't, to how people across the divide take their tea, there has been all manner of hilarity.
"The Apprentice Boys are an exclusive club of trainee electricians, plumbers and joiners," joked one scamp.
"Makes Twitter worth it," said Alliance leader Naomi Long.
"We might have more than our fair share of problems but when it comes to dark humour and laughing at ourselves (and everyone else) we really excel," the MLA said.
"I'm not particularly worried about Karen Bradley's lack of knowledge about here before she was appointed Secretary of State," said SDLP leader Colum Eastwood.
"I'm very concerned about her lack of action since she arrived."
The Guddies are for wearing on your feet and not a 70s TV show starring Bill Oddie. #ThingsKarenBradleyNeverKnew— Marty Morgan (@MartyjMorgan) September 10, 2018
Most dogs in Northern Ireland are called Ormo because they're well bread #ThingsKarenBradleyNeverKnew— DaddyTayto (@DaddyTayto) September 10, 2018
Bobby Ewing was in the shower all the time... #ThingsKarenBradleyNeverKnew— Arvo McPart #FBPE #ABTV #Remain (@Seanaid1) September 10, 2018
#ThingsKarenBradleyNeverKnew— Ryan (@FK_Silent) September 10, 2018
Gordon Ramsay, Marco Pierre White and Jamie Oliver all hail from Cookstown.
A dreary monday Morning brightened considerably by #ThingsKarenBradleyNeverKnew— Davy Sims (@davysims) September 10, 2018
#ThingsKarenBradleyNeverKnew— Slim™ (@slimlinedesigns) September 10, 2018
Catholics put green Milk in their cereal and Protestants put Blue Milk on theirs...
#ThingsKarenBradleyNeverKnew— Tim McCullagh (@timonther6) September 7, 2018
Maze prison was actually a Maze and once prisoners found the exit they were allowed to leave.
Belfast International Airport isn't actually in Belfast #ThingsKarenBradleyNeverKnew— David McCann (@dmcbfs) September 9, 2018
Chuck Norris was in the RA #ThingsKarenBradleyNeverKnew— The_Flamming_Cahoot (@CahootThe) September 10, 2018
Ian Paisley was widely misunderstood; When he called for an end to 'Popery' he was actually decrying the popular 1980's perfumed wooden shavings which many middle class women kept in an ornate dish in the living room. #ThingsKarenBradleyNeverKnew— Shirley Anne McMillan (@shirleyannemcm) September 7, 2018
The Apprentice Boys are an exclusive club of trainee electricians, plumbers and joiners.#ThingsKarenBradleyNeverKnew— TimesIwonder (@TimesIwonder1) September 7, 2018
"...and I know it's famous for building the world's most famous ship - the Starship Enterprise. David Cameron made a film about it...William Shatner starred in it as Captain Corelli who opened Belfast's first ice cream shop." #ThingsKarenBradleyNeverKnew pic.twitter.com/VYg4JkBZCe— Paul McFadden (@PJMcFaddenDerry) September 7, 2018
We paint the curb stones to help the elderly see it when they parallel park.#ThingsKarenBradleyNeverKnew— Johnny Lowden (@LowdenJohnny) September 7, 2018
A Nationalist Ulster fry has 9 items, a Unionist Ulster fry, only 6 #ThingsKarenBradleyNeverKnew— John Doonn (@joyofdoom) September 7, 2018
On cars of young people an ‘R’ plate represented a republican and an ‘L’ was for a young loyalist #ThingsKarenBradleyNeverKnew— Darren Mc Ardle (@Dazmc78) September 9, 2018
Linfield beat St. Patrick’s Athletic by 2-12 to 1-9 in the All-Ireland Final.#ThingsKarenBradleyNeverKnew— Des Cahill (@sportsdes) September 8, 2018
Catholics keep their toasters out whilst Protestants put their toasters in the cupboards. #ThingsKarenBradleyNeverKnew— Séarlas (@searlasodaire) September 9, 2018
“I had a very productive meeting with Colm Eastwood, who I’ve been a fan of since The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” pic.twitter.com/tWGoqt7ZTb— Dli O'Doir (@dli_odoir) September 7, 2018
Ballinamallard has surprisingly few ducks#ThingsKarenBradleyNeverKnew— Peter Smyth (@madpaduk) September 10, 2018
We might have more than our fair share of problems but when it comes to dark humour and laughing at ourselves (and everyonr else) we really excel...#ThingsKarenBradleyNeverKnew— Naomi Long MLA (@naomi_long) September 8, 2018
makes Twitter worth it. 😂🤣😂🤣
I'm not particularly worried about Karen Bradley's lack of knowledge about here before she was appointed Secretary of State. I'm very concerned about her lack of action since she arrived.— Colum Eastwood (@columeastwood) September 7, 2018
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