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Sinn Fein is panicking as its brothers wreak havoc in Greece

Far-Left parties like Sinn Fein and Podemos bet their futures on Syriza succeeding

Published 05/07/2015 | 02:30

Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams

Reflecting on the often perplexing rhetoric from the likes of Yanis Varoufakis of Greece's Syriza, Pablo Iglesias of Spain's Podemos and Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness, I was reminded of a story of my late mother's.

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She taught what we would now describe as 'challenging' children, one of whom was a boy who had set his face against learning to read, on the grounds that it was unnecessary to the job he wanted as a labourer on building sites. Patiently, she explained to him that even in these circumstances, reading could be a vital skill. "For instance," she said, "think what would happen if you went into a building on the site without being able to read the warning notice saying: 'Explosives.'"

He became quite cross. "It wouldn't matter," he shouted. "If them explosives went off I'd kick them and bate them."

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