Green ‘dismissal’: “There are no policy issues, because the people you are talking about remain in the party”

Liam Clarke has been asking some useful questions around Sinn Fein’s silent dropping of Leo Green:

Green said he had renewed his membership of Sinn Fein on January 24 and that he had not left over any single issue. We are none the wiser except that this man, who cut his political teeth under IRA army discipline, is not about to break ranks with his comrades and speak his mind.

The rumour is that, among other issues, he felt the party had pushed too far in opposition to welfare reform, but this is denied by Sinn Fein. “There are no policy issues, because the people you are talking about remain in the party,” Alex Maskey told the BBC.

It has that old familiar ‘I can’t see anything‘ logic to it. But the other implied logic is that if Leo had disagreed on policy, and in his case it would have been by necessity a private disagreement, he’d have been out on his ear.

As Liam notes, it’s mere Kremlinology. Yet it is on such scraps we mortals subsist under the benign aura of the semi detached polit-bureau‘s regime.

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