Friday 22 September 2017

Grandees require a push if they can't deport themselves

After the anti-establishment year it's been, our elite should now face justice - and exile

President Michael D Higgins alienated the US presidential candidate Donald Trump and then paid tribute to Fidel Castro
President Michael D Higgins alienated the US presidential candidate Donald Trump and then paid tribute to Fidel Castro
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

It's the time of the year when - after due consultation and mature reflection - I name and shame a selection of those I think should be deported from our nation forthwith.

As befits his status as head of state, President Michael D Higgins's name leads all the rest. Increasingly reluctant to exercise the discretion that is a prerequisite of his job, in October - while on TV plugging a collection of his own speeches - he delivered a warning against Donald Trump in a denunciation of "the politics of fear in the demagoguery of the United States".

Alienating a US presidential candidate was reckless. Worse was his cringeworthy tribute to Fidel Castro, who had clergy, gays and his political opponents executed, tortured, imprisoned and terrified or bored out of the country in their hundreds of thousands, and whom President-elect Trump had rightly denounced as a tyrant.

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