No matter how much progress Sinn Féin makes, the past just pulls party back in
Watching the latest example of Gerry Adams trying to defend the indefensible, it's hard to avoid the comparisons with the movie classic 'Godfather' and the Michael Corleone character.
In the first of the trilogy, Michael assures his wife that in five years' time the Corleone family will be completely legitimate. But, despite his desperate desire to achieve that, it proves far more difficult than envisaged. By 'Godfather III', an exasperated Michael sighs: "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in."
Privately, that must be what Adams and other senior Sinn Féin people must be feeling. The war is over, thanks in no small part to Adams's efforts, but its terrible legacy continues to 'pull back' the party.