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article imageThe Other Mrs. Robinson, First Lady of Northern Ireland

By R. C. Camphausen     Jan 9, 2010 in Politics
Iris Robinson, wife of Northern Ireland's First Minister, Peter Robinson, has had an affair with a younger man and is now being publicly punished for it, although there's financial trouble in the triangle as well
It is almost 43 years since a Mrs. Robinson had an affair with a younger man in The Graduate, but this time it's a different Mrs. Robinson and the affair happened in real life rather than on the screen.
Nevertheless, the famous song Mrs. Robinson by Simon and Garfunkel is being heavily downloaded right now in Northern Ireland ... according to the Belfast Telegraph.
Here's what happened, and what's happening.
The Independent of January 9th speaks about a BBC television program called Spotlight, in which the earliest sex-scandal of the year 2010 has been disclosed, along with allegations that Mrs. Robinson may have helped her young lover to inappropriate funds.
As if the news of his wife's infidelity were not bad enough for Peter Robinson, head of the Northern Ireland government, there are rumors as well that he know about the money situation and did not report it.
The wife, Iris Robinson, not only First Lady but a member of parliament as well (until recently), didn't make many friends during her political career, and when reading local papers it seems that a real witch-hunt is on.
It is not only the DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) who are deeply irritated, one must know that elections are not far off - but it is especially the local gay community who are having a field day with Mrs. Robinson who had once classified gay sexuality as "an abomination."
That community, and its publications, now seem to delight in Mrs. Robinson being exposed, and they do so not only by calling her the "wicked witch of the north" but by fuzzing over her then 19-year old lover (now 21), Kirk McCambley, who has all of a sudden become a celebrity and is being offered places on the covers of magazines - especially gay ones.
It's all really big news in Northern Ireland, and a single issue of the Belfast Telegraph may have more than five items related to Mrs. Robinson ...
If you don't remember the song, here an excerpt:
God bless you please, Mrs. Robinson.
Heaven holds a place for those who pray.
Hey hey hey, Hey hey hey."
Written by Paul Simon, first performed by Simon and Garfunkel, used in The Graduate
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