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
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.
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."