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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

Published 05/01/2014 | 02:30

Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams

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"?

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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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