Friday 16 November 2018

Last Tango with Adams recalls a dance of death

Gerry Adams may have been taking the floor, but Sinn Fein's other moves are not looking smart, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

Gerry Adams. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Gerry Adams. Photo: Colin O'Riordan
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

"Last Tango in The Balmoral," began a tweet from Gerry Adams on Friday, attaching his most recent blog, which appears weekly in Sinn Fein's remaining Pravda (An Phoblact is now on-line only) - the Anderstonstown News - describing a dance he had had with Michelle O'Neill, now known as the "Leader of the North" - a title the Master Blogger Mick Fealty describes as "a bit Game of Thrones."

Was the title he had chosen for his blog unconsciously inspired by the TV series Last Tango in Halifax, about a passionate romance between two septuagenarians (unfair to Michelle) or the movie Last Tango in Paris, about an erotic affair between a man and a much younger woman (unfair to Marlon Brando and, for that matter, Michelle again) or was it just a device to cloak with whimsy a serious message for the troops at a worrying time for Sinn Fein?

Of all the recent articles suggesting that Sinn Fein is losing its way since Martin McGuinness died, the one that must have been most worrying for the leadership came from Denis Bradley.

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