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Mrs. Robinson Is an Adulterous Cougar

Jim Burroway

January 7th, 2010
"Mrs Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?" Kirk McCambley is now 21.

"Mrs Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?" Kirk McCambley is now 21.

Anti-gay Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson and wife of Northern Ireland’s First Prime Minister Peter Robinson, said in 2008 that homosexuality was worse than pedophilia and that gay people suffered a mental illness that could be “cured.” Well now she has recently admitted to some mental troubles herself. At about the same time she made those statements, Robinson was having an affair with a friend who needed “consoling” following a death. What’s more, Robinson herself then had a mental breakdown of her own and attempted suicide, and announced in December that she is stepping down from politics.

Now the BBC is reporting that the young lover Mrs. Robinson took up was 19 years old at the time. Robinson was 59, more than three times Kirk McCambley’s senior. McCambley now runs a cafe in South Belfast after Robinson encouraged friends to invest in his business. The cafe is located in a visitor’s center built by the Castlereagh Borough Council. Robinson is also a member of that council.



Dotty Daphon
January 7th, 2010 | LINK

Re the age difference: I personally cannot see a problem in age gaps between two consenting people as long as both parties have reached the legal age of consent.

January 7th, 2010 | LINK

Dotty, it’s pretty clear that Mrs. Robinson, who knows better than anyone what her own motivations and actions were, does find a problem with the relationship and her role, otherwise she wouldn’t have tried to commit suicide.

59/19 when both parties are both legally of age and sufficiently mature and not under duress… Fine.

59/19 when both parties are both legally of age and there is immaturity or manipulation or some other factor at work… legal but not so good.

David Roberts
January 7th, 2010 | LINK

I think the age difference is at least germane, but the fact that linked text is underlined probably makes it look more emphasized here than might have been the intent.

Richard Rush
January 7th, 2010 | LINK

Can these anti-gay fundamentalist Christians get any more hilarious? (This is the funniest story since Carrie Prejean’s porn flick.)

I wonder if Kirk is old enough to be a graduate yet. At least Benjamin was a recent college graduate.

And here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson.
Jesus loves you more than you will know.

Lindoro Almaviva
January 7th, 2010 | LINK

Hell, at 39, getting a 19 year older is hard (Not that i would want to), so at 59 I have to say: YOU Go Girl!

That being said, I do have to revel in the fact that her hypocrisy has been revealed for all the world to see.

Ben in Oakland
January 7th, 2010 | LINK

richard. I’m so jealous. I didn’t even think of that!!!


Leave Iris alone! Leave Iris alone!

January 7th, 2010 | LINK

Her comments were abhorrent. But I hope she receives the help she needs.

January 7th, 2010 | LINK

It is quite possible that the law was broken. This young man may have in part been motivated by a desire to get ahead. Mrs Robinson encouraged “friends” to set this kid up in business.

“Friends” of politicians who have enough disposable income to set the politician’s extra-curricular love interest up nicely in business, often have financial interests that come before said politician. This whole thing reeks of corruption. If she was willing to lean on her “friends” for this guy, I would wonder if it isn’t part of a pattern–her pattern, her husband’s pattern or both.

I do hope that a prosecutor is looking into this whole mess.

January 8th, 2010 | LINK

Expressing pleasure at the fact that someone is suffering from depression, or attempted suicide, is distasteful in the extreme.

January 8th, 2010 | LINK

who is taking pleasure in her mental illness?

January 8th, 2010 | LINK

I couldn’t script this any better….

By the way Mrs Robinson is also in big trouble in the MPs expenses scandal – (which last summer exposed hundreds of politicians, claiming back huge amounts of personal expenses). Her claims were enormous….that alone should have been enough to make her resign as a member of parliament. As a result, it’s not just the LGBT community that is glad to see the back of her.

January 8th, 2010 | LINK

PS The figure in question was £150,000 expenses (nice jobs for relatives), plus combined income of £500,000. See article in the (London) Times newspaper.

She hasn’t apologized at all to the GLBT community for the appalling remarks, and she should. She is hypocrite and a charlatan – interfering and demeaning the private lives of others, while carrying on in her own sweet way, and showing no sign of repentance or admission of guilt until she was found out by the BBC. Congratulations to the BBC for redeeming itself, and exposing this ridiculous woman.

Timothy (TRiG)
January 8th, 2010 | LINK

Very good, Richard Rush, but Paul Sinha got in ahead of you. (audio only)


Priya Lynn
January 8th, 2010 | LINK

Quo, anyone who thinks children don’t have a right to be free from sexual touching doesn’t have a lot of credibility when claiming the expression of pleasure at another’s depression is distasteful.

John Ward
January 18th, 2010 | LINK

It’s interesting that news of our “Celtic Cougar” should reach Texas – you know we have our own “El Paso” in Crossmaglen, County Armagh on the border with the Republic of Ireland.
FYI: Peter Robinson was First Minister (before he temporarily stood down) not First Prime Minister.That was Sir James Craig, from 1921-40, under the old Stormont regime.

Timothy (TRiG)
August 29th, 2011 | LINK

Reiterating John Ward: Peter Robinson’s title was First Minister, not First Prime Minister.


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