Sinn Fein under the spotlight

Hardtalk is one of the few good programmes to emerge from the BBC’s 24 hour news service. Last week they pitched Stephen Sackur against Martin McGuinness. The latter held his nerve under some stiff questioning, but it largely goes to emphasise just what a politically tough year the party has come through.

, ,

  • Kathy C

    Hi all,

    Didn’t see the program since I live in the States…but did read the attached BBC article.

    Martin McGuiness has harsh words to say about the IMC and how the IMC have linked the PIRA to crimes….because the IMC are biased.
    HEY…isn’t this the same Martin McGuiness who last year as the top and supposed ‘best” negotiator for Sinn Fein…negotiated that the PIRA would have to say they gave up criminality for martin and his friends at sinn fein to be allowed back into the assembly. So, as I understand it….what is good for the goose is good for the gander….or in other words…martin isn’t a great as he thinks he is…and is biased….against himself.

  • HARDTALK is, indeed one of the most penetrating BBC programmes What we should be told, however, is why Ian Paisley apparently refuses to submit himself to a no-holds-barred interrogation by Stephen Sackur.

    Paisley’s non-appearance on the programme has been noted. People are convinced he may have something to hide, God fortbid…

  • Mick Fealty


    Peter Robinson would surely have been an equivalent to Martin McGuinness? I’d be surprised if he’d turned down a direct offer (though I can’t say I know for sure), since he tends to thrive in such confrontational situations.

  • fair_deal

    From fair_deal

    His comment that implied that the McCartneys have ‘an axe to grind’ I think it is the closest yet a senior republican has come to a direct attack on that family and their campaign. Plus the stuff about how communities felt sorry for the witnesses in the bar was gawling.

  • Carlos Blancos

    One of the few good programmes to emerge from the BBC’s 24 hour news channel? Hardly a fair analysis, given the whole idea of BBC News 24 is to provide rolling news coverage, which is complimented by analysis from BBC’s other channels.

  • Glen Taisie

    Mitchel was the one who used to do the hard interviews, Martin was very defensive and did not progress any answer beyond the party line (spin).

    Adams was on RTE’s Week in Politics and put in probably his poorest display in years, (something must be troubling him)?

  • Mick Fealty


    I’m slightly jaundiced by the wall to wall coverage of the Thames whale I witnessed one afternoon. Mind you, it’s not a criticism of the BBC per se, Sky was just as bad.

    From my point of view at least BBC Parliament is far more useful!

  • Kathy_C

    Hi all,

    I think the whale comment is true…people seemed to care about the whale and people are bored with the north. Especially the last few years…talk talk and more talk with little or no progress.

    I think it is time for SF to re-assess their stragety and go back to their winning engagement of several years ago. If SF continues on their current path…they are on a downward political spiral…and neither adams nor mcguiness are coming off as the statesmen they were during the start of this peace process in 97

  • Mal One

    I did’nt see this particular program but I did see another Hardtalk interview with Martin a few years back just before a SF ard fheis.
    It was the first time I ever saw Martin under pressure…so much so he was sweating. This happened when he was asked about IRA killings
    and after denials the interviewer was able to refer him to his own boasts in the media of the time about the number of soldiers killed.

    There was a god after all.