Friday 15 December 2017

Hurlers on the ditch never win the game, Mr Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams speaks to media at Stormont Parliament buildings in Belfast. Photo: REUTERS
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams speaks to media at Stormont Parliament buildings in Belfast. Photo: REUTERS
Editorial

Editorial

Gerry Adams is probably the most phlegmatic politician in these islands. His composure is tempered by years of explaining away the indefensible. Nonetheless, of late, Mr Adams is deeply perturbed. The source of his unease is the prospect of the emergence of "a coalition for chaos" should the talks between the DUP and Theresa May lead to the formation of a government.

There are many with legitimate reasons to worry about possible conflicts of interest and the impartial decision-making that could upset the delicate balance of relationships in these islands. But unlike Mr Adams most of these people are powerless to do anything about it.

However, Mr Adams and his party could play a significant role should they choose to take their seats in the UK parliament. They are consistent advocates of change but are nonetheless implacable on the subject of reversing their stance on abstentionism.

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