If you can't kill Unionists, traduce and demoralise them
Sinn Fein grossly misrepresented what Arlene Foster said of Michelle O'Neill, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards
Last week, attention should have been focused on Sinn Fein's wrecking of the Executive, the SDLP's and DUP's concern about the astonishing and suspicious rise in proxy votes in six nationalist/republican areas, the mysterious large donation made to DUP at the time of the Brexit referendum, and various other grown-up issues. Instead with what turned into 'Blondegate', with the unwitting help of the Sunday Independent Sinn Fein has had another hit in its long-running 'Winding-up- the-Prods' strategy.
It began last Sunday with a friendly interview Niamh Horan did with DUP leader Arlene Foster. Because they like to paint unionists as dinosaurs and bigots, it was annoying for Sinn Fein when the DUPers chose a woman as leader who - unlike her two predecessors - had an irreproachable background. They want to destroy her.
The Reverend Ian Paisley was for decades a hate-mongering rabble-rouser, and Peter Robinson had been close to loyalist paramilitaries during the 1980s, but Foster's only association with paramilitaries was as a victim of the IRA.