Saturday 16 December 2017

In this post-truth world, Gerry is our Donald Trump

Bizarre Twitter outpourings and a sense of victimhood are not all that Adams has in common with Trump

Controversial Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams
Controversial Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

Gerry Adams feels betrayed by the Stack family. He feels they have breached his trust. Gerry thought they had a deal. While we must be careful here not to establish a hierarchy of victimhood, it is clear that Gerry, yet again, sees himself as the real victim here. Gerry is, of course, a man who has been plagued with victims all his life.

But he is clever enough to recognise that in the whole area of identity politics and post-colonialism, the bigger the victim you are, the bigger the winner you are. So Gerry has never been shy about pointing out who the real victim is. And he has done so again with the Stacks. Their father may have been murdered, and may have lived for a horrific 18 months after being shot before he died, but Gerry has been grievously hurt here.

"The two of us sat down and put together a process that could have worked and it was based on confidentiality and trust. I actually thought I had developed a good working relationship with Austin," Gerry whined last Friday. Austin also seems to have done over the poor IRA guy who met with him. "When we met the person involved, Austin assured him of confidentiality - even if the guards came to them."

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