Wednesday 1 March 2017

The frank confessions of an unrepentant lackey

Casting around for a scapegoat, Gerry Adams naturally blamed the press

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Blame game: Sinn Fein vice-president Mary Lou McDonald and Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams with elected candidates at Leinster House, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Blame game: Sinn Fein vice-president Mary Lou McDonald and Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams with elected candidates at Leinster House, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

'Be in no doubt," Gerry Adams wrote in his post-election blog, "that republicans would have done marginally better but for the barrage of negative campaigning that was targeted at Sinn Fein by the establishment parties and their lackeys in the conservative press… which probably cost one or two points and several seats."

Oh, good. It's reassuring to have it from the horse's mouth that we lackeys didn't labour in vain.

Those not used to being insulted by Sinn Fein supporters on a regular basis should know they use also such "lackey" synonyms as "toady", "lickspittle, "bootlicker" and "stooge". This lackey can speak only for herself. I could write at huge length about why I care so intensely that my country should reject Sinn Fein, but for now, here are just a few reasons.

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