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Attacking McGuinness’s past will not hurt him.

Posted by Jason O on Sep 17, 2011 in Irish Politics |

An interesting candidate.
An interesting candidate.

There’s a tweet going around saying, and I paraphrase, that whatever about David Norris’s skeletons in his closet, at least they’re not actual skeletons. Sinn Fein’s decision to nominate Martin McGuinness for president is an interesting move. McGuinness is respected in the south in a way that Adams isn’t possibly because he’s seen at times as Collins to Adams’s Dev, the soldier as opposed to the politician, and that will help him, as will the images of him and Paisley, as soldier turned peacemaker. It’s a De Klerk-Mandela thing, and it has traction.

Yes, his opponents will want to bring up his past, and footage of him advocating the killing of collaborators et al, but they’d be fools to think that will hurt him. All that will do is confirm the prejudices of people who will never vote Sinn Fein, whilst reactivating the normally non-voting hotheads who love the smell of sulphur that Sinn Fein has lost in recent years. If anything, if McGuinness can set himself up as the two fingers to the IMF/EU/Banks candidate, he’s going to do very respectably. It also puts paid to a significant guerilla vote spoiling campaign by disgruntled Norris supporters, if he can’t get on the ballot.

There are, however, some issues worth considering about putting a Sinn Fein candidate into the Aras. For a start, the penetration of Sinn Fein by MI5 is a fact, and a serious issue. Does a Sinn Fein president increase the likelihood of  having British agents in the park seeing Irish government documents during, say, EU negotiations, or advising the president against bills not in the British interest?

Secondly, there is an issue as to how other countries will see the election of McGuinness, especially Britain. I’m not for one moment suggesting that any country have a veto over who we choose, but never the less, would we be that surprised if the Queen, having had a close relative murdered by McGuinness’s close colleagues, chose to not having dealing with the Irish president for the next 14 years? Do we want 14 years of the scumbag British media going on about it? Does it matter? Possibly not. But I remind people of how Kurt Waldheim was treated when he was president of Austria.

On the plus side, I do look forward to seeing Martin McGuinness sign a new EU treaty creating a defacto federal Europe into law. Or would he resign first?  

4 Comments

Brendan
Sep 19, 2011 at 10:18 am

Jason – that was pathetic, even by your own low standards. Having MMG as President risks exposing State secrets to the Brits.

Or did I miss the irony?


 
Jason O
Sep 20, 2011 at 5:27 am

Never heard of Stakeknife, I take it?


 
Brendan
Sep 20, 2011 at 9:58 am

I can believe many impossible things before breakfast, but not MMG as a British informer, no. Did you see Vinvent Brown and Pat Rabbitte last night? Bit of a laugh I thought. Pat’s getting much better at controlling his temper, don’t you think? I don’t think he believes in this constitutional referendum. The idea of giving our politicians greater powers over ordinary citizens and with no recourse to the courts; are people really that stupid that they’d vote for that?


 
Jason O
Sep 21, 2011 at 5:32 am

Sorry, I never said that MMG was a British agent. But you can’t say the same about any SF people he might bring in with him. Or do you believe that there are no MI5 informers in SF?


 

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