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Our President betrays his leftie leanings

Higgins' responses to the deaths of Chavez and Thatcher highlight his political bias, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

Published 14/04/2013 | 17:00

Michael D. Higgins
Michael D. Higgins

President Higgins insists that he well understands the constitutional limits of the Presidency, but appears to let his political prejudices show.

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There was the lecture last year to the London School of Economics, where Higgins extolled the socialist and anti-individualist principles of George Bernard Shaw and Beatrice Webb – both of whom, as political thinkers, are now mainly remembered for that long period when they were uncritical eugenicists and fans of Stalin.

Now we have the toe-curling contrast between his public responses to the deaths of Hugo Chavez and Margaret Thatcher.

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