The Belfast headquarters of the UK government is now bereft in my humble opinion.
For some reason unbeknownst to us, the newly formed UK government has banned it from displaying portraits of The Queen.
Rumour has it the decision may have something to do with £10,000 in compensation recently awarded to a certain civil servant due to the extent of his offence at having to walk past portraits of The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh in his place of employment.
It may well be that the Northern Ireland Office doesn’t fancy forking out such sums.
That said, we can’t be entirely sure of the connection given the UK Government spokesperson’s cryptic contribution: “The Government takes its obligation under fair employment legislation very seriously. We will not comment on individual personnel matters.”
Reportedly, only landscape pictures are displayed on the walls of Stormont House now.
It’s a rather sad turn of events for everyone else who may have very much enjoyed walking past the same portraits.
In contrast, Prime Minister Morrison proudly remounted our Queen’s portrait in his office post republican Mr Turnbull’s departure. And we can thank Hon Fred Nile MLC for restoring Her Majesty’s portrait to our NSW Parliament.
Reminds me of Dr Seuss’ wisdom: “those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind”…