Saturday 21 April 2018

Sinn Fein likes to divide and conquer

History has shown us what can happen when centre ground parties do not stand up to radicals, writes Brian Hayes

SF leader Mary Lou McDonald. Picture: Reuters
SF leader Mary Lou McDonald. Picture: Reuters

Brian Hayes

Without free speech democratic politics is a sham. The freedom to speak out and say what you want is the real litmus test as to whether a society, or indeed a political party, is actually democratic and free.

Jim Daly deserves credit for speaking out last week on Sinn Fein and the potential of a coalition after the next election with Fine Gael. Jim is not afraid of the principle of free speech, something that's denied to many in SF. Indeed for those who have left SF, they make this exact point. That the party is based on a command and control system, rather than on freedom of speech.

I defend Jim Daly's right to speak out, but I fundamentally disagree with him.

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