“Sinn Féin’s policy seems to be to pretend..”

In identifying the political tightrope Sinn Féin has chosen to walk along Jason Walsh also highlights the party’s current difficulties when addressing everyday politics, and their own history. [Or the part they acknowledge.. – Ed] Indeed. From the Guardian’s CommentisFree blog

The difficulty for Adams is compounded by the fact that Sinn Féin’s policy seems to be to pretend that the peace process has made the Irish border an irrelevance. The party must position itself both ways, Janus-like, as the responsible party of government working hand-in-hand with unionists and also a radical republican party working to undo partition. The last thing that Sinn Féin wants to do is hand a propaganda victory to the dissidents. The party clearly fears that dissident groups could pick-up support if Sinn Féin is seen as losing its republican credentials.

It’s an ongoing battle.. for Sinn Féin..

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  • Pete

    The party clearly fears that dissident groups could pick-up support if Sinn Féin is seen as losing its republican credentials.

    If Sinn Fein admitted that its campaign of violence failed then there would be no basis for dissidents to trouble the rest of us.

  • Seymour Major

    Adams had an opportunity, during the last few days, to endorse the security measures which involve deployment of British Troops.

    It does not matter how logical the security measure is. You can argue, with great force, that the operation is necessary to save lives. That wont cut any ice with Adams – or will it?

    From the point of view of any reasonable person, Adams sounds illogical and outmoded. His arrogance today was breathtaking. Is he beginning to believe that he is infallible in Sinn Fein policy like the Pope is on Catholic doctrine?

    As you rightly point out, Adams will worry about dissidents picking up support if he is seen as losing his republican credentials. But he has a problem on another front. What happens when his supporters begin to see reason?

  • Is he beginning to believe that he is infallible in Sinn Fein policy…?

    Adams is infallible of all things Sinn Fein (We ourselves) as he is the opponent of Christ or the Antichrist. I thought I would just throw in a point of logic.

  • Paul

    And what reason do you think they will see? That the english army still occupies Ireland and a return to violence may be required?

    If you think they are going to switch to half baked tory-unionism then you are more deluded then the ones who thought he should come out screaming for the heads of the dissidents for this crime.

    Adams response has been muted but effectual and I do not believe any other response was even possible never mind expected

  • Gregory

    “If you think they are going to switch to half baked tory-unionism then you are more deluded then the ones who thought he should come out screaming for the heads of the dissidents for this crime.”

    And Ms Ruane doesn’t go running to Whitehall to copy ideas, such is her confidence in her own?

    Gregory

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    There is no real political threat from the disidents and this has been demonstrasted conclusively at the polls. SF are quite right to look North and South, after all that is what the poltical infrastrucure of the GFA allows for.

    The interesting fallout of the shootings is as usual within Unionism – and Robbo’s response I have to say been very robust and has avoided trying to score political points over SF.

    But, the UU are a differnet matter – how absolutely bizarre that that the Chaplinesque Wee Reggie is not aligned with the TUV in arguing against the transfer of Police and Justice.

    Unless the Tories come out and distance themselves from the UU on this critical issue it will be the biggest rupturing of the bi-partisanship of British government policy since the GFA and another perhaps the opening of another dreadful chapter in Tory dealings in Ireland.

  • Seymour Major

    I didn’t hear what Sir Reg said. What did he say, Sammy?

    I warned in my blog this morning that politicians should not try to make political capital out of the shootings.

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    SM

    “This Assembly is a political institution. Its purpose is to provide political leadership and direction to our society. In the aftermath of the brutal events of Saturday, it is now clearer than ever that the devolution of policing and justice at this stage would threaten both political stability and the proper operation of policing and the rule of law in Northern Ireland”
    “The First Minister and deputy First Minister should now announce their intention to delay the devolution of policing and justice powers. The threat posed by dissident republican terrorists, and the inability of one of the Executive parties to immediately support the PSNI and the rule of law without equivocation, requires this course of action”

  • Paul

    And the reals in for the last minute winning goal due to the offside pass of Seeless minor

  • Paul

    Darn I should have said the reals with the last second win on the back of the owngoal of seemless minor

  • Seymour Major

    Thanks Sammy,

    I have looked at the UUP website. Sir Reg makes different criticisms of SF but it all adds up to one thing. The UUP have failed to appreciate the bigger picture. It is not in the national interest for politicians to make attacks against SF over the shootings.

    Paul (4, 9 and 10) go back to the academy for the brain dead.

  • Harris

    “The difficulty for Adams is compounded by the fact that Sinn Féin’s policy seems to be to pretend that the peace process has made the Irish border an irrelevance.”

    Everyone knows that Sinn Fein’s united Ireland strategy/policy has been completely hollowed out of Republican principles for many years now and pretending to have enormous achievements, when in reality, all they got is what Nationalist and Republicans were entitled to.

    “The party clearly fears that dissident groups could pick-up support if Sinn Féin is seen as losing its republican credentials.”

    True Republicans have realized this for many years now. It was just a matter of time before and event like Saturday’s attack occurred.

  • dunreavynomore

    The problem for Sinn Féin is that, in republican terms, all the great promises have came to nought. S.F. is siting in a British administration in Stormont, The RIRA are showing their teeth and proving that there are still British soldiers in Ireland and now we are hearing of a policeman shot in Craigavon. Gerry is gradually losing some of his old guard, the hard core, and the new softer underbelly won’t be keen on taking the front in an anti ‘dissident’ republican role. Gerry and S.F can’t ride two horse at the same time much longer.

  • It was Sammy Mc Nally what done it

    “S.F can’t ride two horse at the same time much longer”

    Gerry and the vast majority of the Irish nation are riding just the one horse – the GFA.

    The crazies on either side and their random acts of violence will have little impact on this as they have absolutely no hope of political gain.

  • NCM

    Can’t you guys learn from the US and engage in gun violence not for political reasons but just for the hell of it?

  • Gregory

    “when in reality, all they got is what Nationalist and Republicans were entitled to.”

    Or less, Catholics could have got more, SF got stuff, do you follow,

    we got less, because of SF.

    Gregory

  • KieranJ

    All the silly folks on Slugger O’Toole and DebCen Revisited who enjoy speculating on conditions in northern Ireland from the safety of their keyboards have suddenly been forced to face reality. The internet pundits, I like to call them. The phonys, fakes and frauds. The ones who believed there could be a government in the province controlled from London.

    Well, it doesn’t work that way. There are folks out there who have been deprived of their rights and heredity for over ninety years and they will be denied no longer. Any fool who thought for one moment that there would be peace in the six county territory without unification will now have to come to terms with the dreams of the Irish people.

    Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.

  • DC

    How very touching KieranJ but back to reality now.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Please do not feed the trolls.

  • Henry94

    KieranJ

    You did all that without a keyboard? Voice recognition must be getting better if it can decipher nasal whinging