Friday 15 December 2017

President Higgins puts his left foot in it with gushing praise for Fidel Castro

If the President can't hide his bias at a time when we need to strengthen global ties then he should resign, says Ruth Dudley Edwards

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams tweeted pictures of himself with Fidel Castro and hailed the former Cuban leader’s stance on Ireland Picture: PA
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams tweeted pictures of himself with Fidel Castro and hailed the former Cuban leader’s stance on Ireland Picture: PA
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Surely the Government will summon the courage to put manners on President Michael D Higgins now that he has displayed so publicly in his paean of praise to the late Fidel Castro his blatant anti-Americanism and anti-capitalism.

By comparison, in confining himself to approving Castro's views on Ireland and tweeting photographs of them together, Gerry Adams has been positively statesmanlike.

Up to now, although the job requires him to steer clear of politics, President Higgins has gone to little trouble to hide his prejudices, though mostly he manages to avoid exhibiting them flagrantly.

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