You cannot have things both ways, Mr Adams
Gerry Adams has a talent for periodically playing the victim. He is at it again now, insisting that his friend and colleague, Thomas 'Slab' Murphy, did not receive fair play, mainly because he was dealt with before the non-jury Special Criminal Court.
Since last week, Mr Murphy is a convicted tax cheat and the case against him will be completed in the new year when sentencing will take place.
In the recent past, Mr Adams has stressed Mr Murphy's importance to Sinn Féin and the republican movement. Now the Sinn Féin leader has repeated his assertion of the convicted tax cheat's republican credentials - while also stressing every citizen's obligation to pay their lawful taxes.