Monday 23 April 2018

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Queen's visit poses tricky dilemma for Adams

Were Sinn Fein to protest noisily, it could alienate voters south of the border, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

'EVEN if I were not a nationalist, I should object to kings' visits," wrote Constance Markievicz to her brother Josslyn Gore-Booth in 1911, after the visit of George V, "for they but bring out the worst qualities in people: all sorts of snobbery is developed in people . . . everyone using every means to get himself noticed."

What was breathtakingly hypocritical about this was that -- as Josslyn knew -- Mrs Markievicz was such a thundering snob that she called herself 'Countess', although her husband's title was bogus.

In jail in 1918, 1916 leader Tom Clarke's widow Kathleen was fascinated by the disputes between Markievicz (who patronised her relentlessly) and Maud Gonne MacBride about which of them was higher in the social pecking order.

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