Everything you need to know about the #Adams arrest [in 13 tweets]…

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So whilst we’re waiting for some definite news on the Adams arrest, here’s some of the tweets from last night:

- First from the unexpected new voice of liberal Ulster evangelicalism…

- Sinn Fein had clearly been preparing the ground for this event since 23rd March…

- Early reports suggesting he had been released…

- Proved groundless…

- It proved to be based on #Twitterstorm ‘evidence’…

- Surprisingly prompt and comprehensive analysis from Vox.com

- With just one little (well rather large actually) flaw at the end:

- Fleg protesters outside the policing station in Antrim where Adams is being held…

- For once it’s making a splash across the water…

- And further afield we find testimony to the extent of Adams’ international profile:

- Then came the wits…

- The sharpest bite of the evening from Vincent Browne visibly shaking with anger…

More serious commentary later... [So, stay tuned]

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  • Charles_Gould

    Mick

    Did you hear Michael McConville”s interview on Radio 4 Today Programme in their 8.10am slot? It was a remarkable interview. Do give it a listen.

    (I think we are starting to hear more from individual victims – telling us their experiences – it is a perspective we have been missing up to now. These victims are incredibly eloquent, as Michael was this morning).

  • Charles_Gould

    Here it is. I found it more moving than I can say. Please give it a listen. Very eloquent:

    https://audioboo.fm/boos/2121046-i-know-who-killed-my-mother-says-jean-mcconville-s-son

  • Tadhg Curran

    What a coincidence, 22 days from elections that Sinn Féin is polling brillantly in, its leader goes to the 6 counties and is arrested over some Troubles business. I guess its all a timing coincidence and the RUC just had a major break in the “case” after 42 years.

    What a farce people here are calling Adams dodgy when everyone pointing the finger at him is being dodgy on this point – she was a spy. She was a spy. She was an informer. Everyone knows she was. Everyone. She had blood on her hands. I’m sure the English are having a good laugh at all of this – it’s a win-win for them – they get her to spy on the cheap, and then when the traitor gets plugged, they have a sob story that she’s leaving ten children. Frankly, she didn’t even deserve the warning the Volunteers gave her when they initially caught her spying. She wins the “Darwin award” for continuing to spy after the warning. I guess she needed the blood money with all those ten children to take care of, boo hoo hoo.

    It’s funny how the UK can bomb the hell out of civilians around the world, including its current deployments, and then we have so much mawkish hand-wringing over the execution of this spy 42 years ago. Oh yaa, if you lie and say she was not a spy, despite everyone knowing she was a spy, this might work. She was a spy, she was a spy, she was a blood on her hands spy, and for some kind of postmodern reason I don’t fully understand, that we all know she is a spy is why they are pursuing this case, as opposed to other cases they could have pursued.

  • streetlegal

    Difficult to know what exactly is going on behiind the scenes with regard to the Adams arrest. One possible scenario is that new evidence has come forward and that British Intelligence files on the case have now been made available to the PSNI. If that is the case, this could only have been arranged as a result of a direct instruction from Downing Street – David Cameron himself having reviewed the British Intelligence files. There is absolutely no way that the ultra cautious Matt Baggott would have taken it upon himself to move against the Provisional Sinn Fein leader in this way, without having received clear direction from Downing Street.