Adams will put cult before country as Martin ensures centre holds against SF
The FF leader could go into government with Fine Gael, says Ruth Dudley Edwards, but instead he is thwarting the Provos' political strategy
'My name is Gerry and I'm opposed to things", was the opening line of Oliver Callan's recent priceless Opposition Anonymous sketch. And so he is. Gerry Adams has spent a life opposing pretty well everything that came across his line of vision and prevented him from getting his way: the Northern Ireland state, Brits, unionists, Orangemen, the SDLP, securocrats, capitalists (unless they're American donors), revisionists, partitionists, dissidents, media lackeys and so on and on. Not the IRA, of course, of which he was never a member but for which he has empathic understanding. And not anyone who thinks he's wonderful.
Gerry's hierarchy of hate-figures list is not set in stone, of course. These days, Micheal Martin tops it. They are engaged in a war for the republican soul which requires a lot of casuistry from both about physical force nationalism, though if Micheal's difficulty is real, Gerry's is awesome.
Micheal put it up to Gerry last Sunday in a speech at Arbour Hill - for one depressing habit common to republicans is the making of political speeches in graveyards in search of endorsement from people too dead to demur.