“self-regarding, self-centred and spoilt with attention”

Another interesting aside on the international focus on Northern Ireland and the Executive stalemate, this time from David Adams, as reported in the Irish Times.

David Adams, who was once a senior figure in the Ulster Democratic Party, said the North could do with a lot less interest from outsiders. He said the attention of everyone from US presidents to taoisigh had only led the North to be “self-regarding, self-centred and spoilt with attention”, and it had benefited from billions of pounds of investment even though other conflict zones were worse off.

“The less attention for attention’s sake that Northern Ireland gets, the better it will be for us all that have to live there, and the more encouragement it might be to the politicians who are actually supposed to work and earn the large cheques that are passing through their letterbox every week,” he said.

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  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    “with a lot less interest from outsiders”

    Most Nationalists would agree with that – though the words “lot less” should be replaced with none. And to be fair to the Englezes they are moving in the right direction.

  • cynic

    Well said. When they run bleating to Dublin or London they should be firmly shown the door and told to speak to each opther and sort it out. A tightening of purse strings would also help force them do real politics.

  • cynic

    Isnt it amazing that there are so few posts on this?

    Bruised egos girls?

  • runciter

    The less attention for attention’s sake that Northern Ireland gets, the better it will be for us all that have to live there

    Adams is ignoring the root of the problem, which is that the North – designed from the outset to be a client state – is not capable of functioning independently.

  • celtic outclassed

    “Adams is ignoring the root of the problem, which is that the North – designed from the outset to be a client state – is not capable of functioning independently.”

    Gee, d’ya reckon? He’s only been saying that since the 1960s. The word he uses to describe it, “statelet”? That, I’m guessing, is derogatory.

  • RepublicanStones

    ‘…and earn the large cheques that are passing through their letterbox every week’

    At least he hasn’t lost his working class roots, we all know those fat cats up there get paid monthly.

    Anyway, less interest from outsiders would be good, particularly the british government.