Friday 24 November 2017

McGuinness may have opened floodgates for victims’ stories

Maybe the British have the right idea. Forget about elections. Just anoint some hereditary head of state — then there’s never any argument about who should sign bills into law, or cut the ribbon at garden fetes, or represent the country overseas.

Best of all, our neighbours avoid the farce of evasion, misinformation and downright lies into which our own presidential election has descended since it began, oh, what feels like several hundred years ago.

Have there ever been more porkies told in pursuit of a job which doesn’t even have any real authority? Scrapping for power is fair enough, but the Aras is nothing but a decorative feather in the cap of the nation. In fact, considering the follically-challenged appearance of the last two candidates standing at this stage, Aras 2011 is looking like a manifestation of Jorge Luis Borges’s description of the Falklands War as being like two bald men fighting over a comb. But still they scrap for it. Sinn Fein has even had to postpone its national fundraising draw because, according to the party’s website, “so many activists and members have been tied up working on the presidential campaign”.

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