Mark Devenport pieces together apparently divergent stories about what was raised when and with whom, and, surprise, surprise, comes up with a bunch of different answers. Creative ambiguity, economy with the truth, or is it just a case of different strokes for different folks?However, like one or two of my fellow bloggers, he’s detected a number of interesting gaps in the grand narrative. Not least:
According to the former Sinn Fein publicity director Danny Morrison, this was when “Paisley blew it”.
But he was not the first to talk about the photographs as “humiliation”. That honour goes to Sinn Fein’s Mitchel McLaughlin who accused the DUP of trying to humiliate the IRA over visual decommissioning on the BBC’s Inside Politics programme back on 23 October.
Moreover, if as the IRA says, photos were never possible, would it have made any difference if Ian Paisley had gone on the TV every day in November to reiterate his long held view that the IRA are “bloodthirsty monsters”?
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty