Sunday 23 July 2017

Let's put to bed the false mantra of Gerry Adams, the teddy-bear hugger

Politicians in the south must face down the SF leader and undermine the dissidents

Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

IS the strain of being Sinn Fein president telling on Gerry Adams? More and more, he seems to be taking refuge in a Twitter persona that would be more suitable for a fellow living in his mother's basement playing in the bath with his rubber ducks. Isn't it weird for a 65-year-old political leader to tell his followers: "Going 2 the leaba. Me&Ted&Tom [teddy bears] & Johnny Cash with Linda Ronstad & Maria Callas. Oiche mhaith s Codladh samh xo"?

Meanwhile, Martin McGuinness tweets in statesman mode: "Very serious weather/flood problems today, on my way to Belfast to meet Ministerial colleagues. PSNI & Depts priority to keep people safe."

Is it that Martin takes himself terribly seriously while Gerry's joie de vivre and sense of humour are irrepressible? Er, no. McGuinness isn't exactly a laugh, but he isn't self-important. Adams, however, does appear to be vain (think of the expensive clothes, teeth and hair) and seems now psychologically desperate to project an image of a loveable folksy chap with a cultured hinterland. Unfortunately, though he strains to be witty, he has no sense of humour: Adams the embarrassing tweeter is the same guy who used to tell long, unfunny jokes to old ladies on the Falls Road.

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