Am I entirely alone in finding RTE's NI ace reporter Tommie Gorman insufferable?!
Certainly, I'm a cranky old fool, but the mere sight of him on my screen has me lunging for the remote.
The Groundhog Day nature of NI politics can make them dull enough but he makes them even duller - and only Charlie Bird uses "I" more often in his reports - it's not about YOU Tommie!!!!!
He was even worse when he reported from Europe - and I'm a politics junkie, like. I never learn anything from him that I haven't already read in the papers or heard from the BBC's Denis Murray, it's old hat. Never any insight, nothing!
"What about the children, Roy?" I mean, how did he ever work again after that?
Can you imagine Paxman, voice trembling, asking Beckham: "What about the children of Europe, Becks - have you thought how you leaving for America will affect them?"
I just find him unbearably pompous and self-absorbed. Tommie, not Paxo.
If he must work in television then he should be a regional reporter telling us about pig sales and the like, that's his level. He is so far out of his depth with the heavyweight stuff it's painful.
Ok, that's off my chest. Goodnight Irene.