Party’s spin makes for deeper problems

Tom Kelly sees parallels between British spin in Iraq over prisoners and the current Sinn Fein and IRA crisis. He beleives that Sinn Fein have made a huge mistake in trying to spin it’s way out of danger right from the beginning of the McCartney crisis: “…they ask us to forget the sickening spectacle on the night after the murder when Sinn Féin appeared on our television screens blaming the savage attack on ‘knife culture’ and condemned the PSNI for using the murder as an excuse to harass the people of the Markets”.

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