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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: January 28, 2010 @ 10:46 am

    Sticking With It

    Deaglán de Bréadún

    You can’t help feeling that Blair and Bertie would have stayed in the North until a deal was done. True, Gordon Brown had important work to do in London, involving Afghanistan and Yemen and would probably have been criticised if he had remained at Hillsborough.

    Presumably if Brown was leaving, Cowen could hardly stay around. Anyway, they are due back tomorrow and we’ll see what happens then. There is a creeping feeling that the Northern parties are throwing shapes in advance of the Westminster (and possibly Assembly) elections.

    It’s all becoming a little tiresome. How many more decades of  handholding must there be before the power-sharers find a modus vivendi

    Peter Robinson seems to  have a new lease of political life. Having hit a truly low point with the Iris revelations, he now comes across on TV as if nothing had happened. Funny old game, politics. 

    The Sinn Féin doughnut is becoming counterproductive. They need to stop this business of clustering behind Martin McGuinness or Gerry Adams during doorstep interviews. It’s beginning to resemble the hilarious Fianna Fáil ardfheis moment when the delegates crowded around an RTE journalist like a bunch of muppets as he gave his  report on the evening news. To savour the moment again, click here.

    • robespierre says:

      I am minding my p’s and q’s when I say that I despise Sinn Féin, its history and all that it represents.

      That said, I do think that the DUP have erected a Garvaghy Rd. style obstacle and are resorting to dirty politics. In this case, SF do have the higher moral ground.

      The fact that a sectarian civil society grouping can be allowed to infilitrate a political system to this extent would be condemned outright elsewhere.

      Imagine if Fianna Fáil and the builders wanted to do something like bankrupt the state and were allowed to do it. It just wouldn’t be allowed happen you know….

    • Blimey O'Riley says:

      I agree SF really shouldn’t be seen to be ‘aping’ their Unionist colleagues…standing shoulder to shoulder at the foot of the stairs in Stormont, to praise their Machiavellian Prince, smacks too much of bully boy tactics. Still it’s good to see what really lies beneath when you scratch the ‘liberal’ skin…Interesting programme the other night about Mandela’s antecedents as a military leader in the ANC…does that mean you ‘despise all he stands for his history and all he represents’ …thought not!

    • Blimey O'Riley says:

      Bit pushed for time when I posted earlier comment…perils of employment…meant to add, I fully expect either Gerry or Martin, a la Mandela and others prepared to pursue and achieve the Unthinkable, to become the first President of a United Ireland, in my lifetime…Also, did I say ‘colleagues’…?…digital slip… I meant of course adversaries..

    • Blimey O'Riley says:

      If you take the antipathy expressed to SF @ 1 and elsewhere to its logical conclusion, then it must extend to any Political Party that has been involved in armed struggle/conflict at some point it its genesis. I struggle to think of one that hasn’t. Closer to home, that would necessarily include both major parties in Ireland in particular FG with its iconic figurehead and erstwhile gunman, who got us into this mess in the first place. Had he been less inclined to get into bed with the Brits, literally and politically speaking, we would not have been collectively landed with his political bastard i.e. the Six Counties. IMO, but for Adams and McGuinness there would still be no peace in NI and they should have been honoured for brokering that Peace in the same way as Hume and Trimble. Caught up in its blinkered political microculture the Irish people may not see this but objective observers including no doubt madraí an bhóthair, do. Having won the war they will go on to win the peace. ‘Power was never given up voluntarily, justice must be demanded’ to quote MLK.

    • Blimey O'Riley says:

      Sometimes it’s just ‘Not that easy being Green’…:-)


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