Gerry’s Shakespearian valediction…

Nice poetic flourish (and I don’t mean his haiku) from Jim Fitzpatrick in his Politics Show Newsletter this week (which includes extracts from Martin McGuinness’s poem, Breac Gheal BTW):

Gerry Adams chose Shakespeare in his tribute to Ian Paisley. But it was a strange choice. He inverted the opening line of Mark Anthony’s famous speech from the play Julius Caesar by telling the Assembly chamber that “We come to praise Caesar, not to bury him.”

If Mr Adams knows his Shakespeare then he will also know that the original is as follows:

“I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him;
The evil that men do lives after them,
The good is oft interred with their bones,
So let it be with Caesar”.

And that’s before anyone even mentions Brutus


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