Nil Points

I’m not a fan of the Eurovision Song Contest. I know many are crazy about it. It’s the highlight of their year, akin to Christmas Day. House parties are held, crazy costumes are created, and insane drinking games invented as the country grinds to a standstill to watch the annual event. Plus it’s presented by the waspishly witty Graham Norton and who doesn’t love a waspishly witty Irishman. Ahem…

Ireland have a proud tradition of performing well in the event. Dana, Johnny Logan and er…that other one. The United Kingdom not so much. Ever since the heady days of Bucks Fizz winning it back in the day it’s become something of a standing joke that they regularly score poorly. The reason? Well, shock, horror, it appears the bullish Brits aren’t particularly popular with their continental cousins.

This year was no exception. The British entry registered the dreaded ‘nil points’ from rival judges ending up bottom of the leaderboard. Social media erupted with allegations of jury tampering, vote rigging and outright racism. How dare they snub the tub thumping, jingoistic little Islanders all over the small matter of Waterloo, Brexit and the English Channel. Ignoring the fairly obvious point that the British song wasn’t very good.

Northern Ireland is in turmoil over Brexit and the trade border that the British Government has created in the middle of the Irish Sea. This despite promising the unionist population that they would never commit such a heinous act which threatened Northern Ireland’s status within the United Kingdom. Boris Johnson told lies. Well, whatever next. Unionist politicians did not take kindly to being stabbed in the back.

So much so that they reacted by stabbing their own First Minister, Arlene Foster, in the back for not being extreme enough and allowing the whole sorry mess to transpire. We now have an even more treacherous leader in Edwin Poots; a God fearing, churchgoing man who is also a serial liar who doesn’t believe in dinosaurs and currently has the lowest trust rating amongst Northern Ireland’s political leaders. You genuinely couldn’t make it up.

They rioted in Belfast over Brexit and the trade border but, thankfully, no such scenes yet over Eurovision. Edwin and his dubious political cronies may perform wonders and turn matters around. I happily stand to be proven wrong and will eat my hat if that’s the case. But I have a sneaky feeling that come next May and the next elections the British Eurovision entry won’t be the only person scoring ‘nil points’ at the polls.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

22 thoughts on “Nil Points

  1. Nice post. The joke about giving the UK nil points is getting rather tedious now. It’s really becoming unfair. Our James’ reaction was admirable, just laughing in the face of it all. I felt for him. It might sound like sour grapes but I’d consider withdrawing our funding. Or am I missing something? Is the whole point of the competition now to punish us for Brexit?

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  2. I remember liking Eurovision as a kid, but then it changed, and now it is the scariest thing ever!!!….except for politics – which is of course much much scarier than Eurovision!

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  3. I don’t think anyone ever takes Eurovision seriously (nor politicians for that matter) – do they? One day, well, year, the rest of Europe will get bored with giving the UK 0 points (assuming they keep entering) and it may well surprise everyone. What the UK needs is a really barmy song (like Iceland or the winner, which was a straightforward copy from the 70’s). Though maybe this gives me the opportunity to congratulate the Swiss on coming 3rd! (Nobody was more surprised than me!)

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  4. I preferred to join in our Saturday zoom quiz, but I did tune in for the end after my daughter messaged me what was happening. The part I enjoy best is Graham Norton’s remarks! I hadn’t even heard the U.K. song but gather it was dire, don’t know why we can’t think of a better way of choosing a good song. As for the real life stuff, I voted Remain, but it gives me no satisfaction to see the various Brexit disasters and revelations. Ps. best things to come out of Eurovision? Riverdance and that Eurovision episode of Father Ted!

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