US State Department win in stand-off with SF

The Guardian’s Owen Bowcott has probably overstated the significance of the names on the invitations to the White House this year, as this BBC report suggests.. only some of those on the list will be meeting the President. The rest will sit and listen to the inventive script-writers’ words. But the interesting aspect of the inclusion of Gerry Adams on the list isn’t so much that his name is there.. it’s the difference in reaction from Sinn Féin to the continuing ban on his fundraising activities, when compared to November last year. At that time, Martin McGuinness was so outraged that he issued the ultimatum that if Adams wasn’t able to fund-raise he wouldn’t be going.