McGuinness on Australian TV

Spare a thought for the presenter who’s questions are largely ignored.

  • J Kelly

    What question was ignored.

  • beano

    All of them? McG clearly saw this as an opportunity to spread his usual IRA apologist propaganda. He responds to

    “Has there been a sea change in attitudes in the United States, and among some of your closest friends? ”

    by saying “Well, I think that there has been a particular difficulty within the process since the failure to conclude the deal last December. Remember, that deal failed because the Reverend Ian Paisley, the leader of a pro-British Unionist party demanded there be sack cloth and ashes and humiliation from the IRA.” Regardless of who you blame, that wasn’t the question!

    He does eventually go on to mention senator kennedy but doesn’t actually answer the question. This is just one example.

    I’m also curious as to the SF position on justice if, as McG says, he condones punishment beatings etc, and at the same time rejects the PSNI. So who exactly should be administering justice in Northern Ireland then?

  • beano

    Sorry, condemns* punishment beatings. Apologies.

  • slug9987

    TONY JONES: Can I ask you: when a man with your reputation warns someone like the McCartney sisters to be very careful, do you understand why they’d be extremely nervous?

    MARTIN MCGUINNESS: Well, I didn’t warn the McCartneys. That was a totally erroneous report issued by the Press Association, who I believe should be ashamed of themselves. I have actually met with the Press Association since that, and told them that I’m very annoyed at the malicious misrepresentation of what I said. What I did say, out of concern for the McCartney campaign, is that the McCartneys need to be careful…”

    So its misrepresenting Martin to say that he warned them to be careful but Martin did say that they needed to be careful?

  • beano

    Poor martin, he’s just misunderstood you know…

  • Brian Boru

    “I’m also curious as to the SF position on justice if, as McG says, he condemns punishment beatings etc, and at the same time rejects the PSNI. So who exactly should be administering justice in Northern Ireland then?” Beano
    This is of course the burning question:
    I think its high time that SF came up with something better than its current policy, or lack of policy rathe,r on policing matters.

  • Henry94

    I would expect that any politican who flies al the way to Australia knows what he wants to say and will say it no matter what question he is asked.

    Answering an interviewers questions is not a priority for any politican. We all know this.

    But this is one of a number of threads to point out Sinn Fein doing it as if they were unique.

  • beano

    Not unique, just much more blatant.