I suspect that Hearts and Minds was thrown by the political chicanery of the week, and only concluded hours before the programme went out on air. Probably the most notable thing, apart from seeing Mark Durkan on tele again, was John O’Dowd’s opening line: “The outcome of the St Andrews Agreement was the collective responsible of all the parties that were there”. That’s not quite how his party President Gerry Adams described it last March when the deal was done. Back then it was “an ‘indigenous’ deal ‘put together by SF and the DUP'”. His advice: “Let no one interfere with that”. Hmmm… so what happened in between?
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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