Thursday 22 March 2018

Rivals too soft on 'Mandela' McGuinness

Gay Mitchell has only tentatively engaged with the former IRA man's record, writes John-Paul McCarthy

Martin McGuinness's disturbingly robust showing in last week's presidential polls may remind people of the story told about British Prime Minister James Callaghan in 1979.

Speeding home to Downing Street in the PM's Jaguar, a young aide bombarded him with ideas for thwarting Mrs Thatcher in the weeks that remained before polling day.

Callaghan cut the aide off curtly, and told him that they were living through a once-in-a-generation structural shift in politics.

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