Thursday 24 August 2017

McGuinness plays victim in election he cannot win

This campaign is not about becoming our President, but raising Sinn Fein poll ratings, writes Willie O'Dea

Willie O'Dea

I had originally intended to use this week's column to look at how the presidential election campaign was going. I had planned to throw my eye quickly over the seven candidates, their campaigns and maybe even their chances, with just around 10 days to go.

But then I heard the near hissy fit thrown by Martin McGuinness and almost the entire Sinn Fein organisation after Wednesday night's Prime Time debate. McGuinness took considerable exception to the questioning he received at the hands of Miriam O'Callaghan. He felt he was the victim of 'trial by media'.

Playing the victim is something that has sat easily with him over the years. It is hard to claim to be the victim when you are the holder of the joint most important elected office in the North. It is hard to claim to be the victim when you shunned the route taken by John Hume and Seamus Mallon and took the road that led to many in your own community suffering for your actions.

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