Getting beyond the schmaltz…?

A Tangled Web gives Gerry and Co the usual rough ride. Few round Sevastapol Street will lose much sleep over it. However, I was struck by Andrew McCann’s remark that we are entering a schmaltz and bullsh!t interlude. Few political parties can avoid having to bullsh!t their way past awkward moments. The trouble is that in the long term (in order to retain political credibility) they also have to be seen to live up to at least some of their own PR. That’s the apparently simple challenge facing the IRA over the next few months.

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

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