“Perhaps it’s best to simply regard Gerry’s book as the political equivalent of an ageing hardman action star taking a role in The Expendables…”

The Guardian’s Marina Hyde on the “exciting publishing news”, the terms may be used advisedly, of the forth-coming publication of Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams’ Little Book of Calm Little Book of Tweets.  From the Guardian article

Enormous congratulations to Gerry Adams, who is formally elevated to irony’s army council. The Sinn Féin president is the subject of exciting publishing news, with the forthcoming release of a collected volume of tweets and selfies. According to the party bookshop’s blurb, “this little book shows the lighter side of his personality”.

I think that’s probably best, considering the alternative. Still: it’s potentially an explosive Volume II.

And, after noting that “in truth this is still a sparsely populated genre”…

Publishers may correct me, but to my knowledge this is only the second formally released such compilation, coming after last year’s Selfish, which was – naturally – a self-curated collection of Kim Kardashian’s selfies.

…Marina Hyde ends on a nostalgic note.

Even so, it is tinged with WTF-ery, particularly as Gerry’s most significant recent mention in dispatches came throughout those transcripts of calls between Bill Clinton and Tony Blair. “We’ve all taken our licks for Gerry,” Clinton remarks testily at one point. “I don’t know what the real deal is between him and the IRA,” the president says in exasperation at another dicey point during the peace process.

“It’s hard to put pressure on him when you don’t know what’s going on. It’s just bizarre.”

It feels quite a jump from that to My Little Book of Tweets – but then, it is a marked feature of this age that so many end up self-ironising in the end. Perhaps it’s best to simply regard Gerry’s book as the political equivalent of an ageing hardman action star taking a role in The Expendables, the movie franchise where Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger and so on have graduated into gently sending up the 80s versions of themselves.

As the publisher’s notes remark cheerily of the Sinn Féin president: “Many years’ experience of politics have taught him not to take himself too seriously.” Although, of course, Sly and Arnie and Gerry all took themselves very seriously indeed back in the day. As Arnie said only this week: “[Sly] and I were at war in the 80s. We hated each other and the reason was we both have a big ego. It was a battle of who makes more money at the box office, who has more muscles, who killed more people … we are now great friends and realise we really used each other as motivation.”

Well, quite. The sadness is that Gerry’s arch rival died without having been bitten by the Twitter bug. Though we might [speculate that] Ian Paisley’s tweets would have tended toward the one-note – one-word, mostly – it would have been nice to have had the companion volume to this doubtless charming forthcoming release.


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  • kalista63

    Speaking as your physician, you need to seek help. This obsession with SF can’t be healthy

  • Robin Keogh

    Its a great advert for the book. Gerry will be thrilled.

  • My physician? Pshaw. I’ve self-medicated for years… *hic*

  • Robin Keogh

    Don’t discourage him please. Many people have political obsessions and in fairness he is consistant. Pete’s posts are a great educational tool when trying to build arguments against anti shinners.

  • kalista63

    Aren’t we all? I’ve been free basing Lemsip all day

  • kalista63

    Can’t believe he’s not on the Sindo payroll yet.

  • See how many comments have been removed on the Guardian website.

  • Robin Keogh

    Mick got there first 😉

  • Zig70

    I hope some day they meet and the love can blossom.

  • Robin Keogh

    Wow ! I just had a look. It is certainly kicking off. Incredible how Adams popularity, longevity and international renown can manifest via the publishing of a little book of fun. Surreal.

  • Sir Rantsalot

    Haven’t we seen this book already? We had a top 10 gerry howler tweets list last year. Very amusing.
    I’m not sure why anyone would buy a book listing tweets that are free on tinternet. I expect anything gerry apeals to today’s chuckie to be ‘more republican’

  • Ben De Hellenbacque

    Surreal is certainly an appropriate word to describe this unique phenomenon’s career. Ditto your sunny claim of “Adams (sic) popularity, longevity and international renown …” Are irony bypasses compulsory to obtain SF membership? If so, it’s certainly a case of follow my leader.

  • Nevin

    With apologies to residents of Convoy, Donegal and the Big Smoke aka Belfast:

    Ah, breaker one-nine, this here’s the Rubber Duck. You gotta a copy on me cab-over Pete? Has boss-man got a reefer on, boy? By golly, it’s clean clear to Flag Town, c’mon

  • Kronsteen

    Think I’ll wait for ‘The Little Book of Tweets – Psychoanalysed’. But generous of him to share (again) his undisputedly sparkling sense of humour. Always look on the bright side of life, and all that.

  • Robin Keogh

    He is popular, no? He has been leader for a very long time, no? He is not renowned international? Explain why those statements are wrong or ironic or both?

  • Ben De Hellenbacque

    Like Tzarina Margaret, he is hero worshipped and reviled in unequal measure. He is not & never was universally popular in West Belfast and there are many more political wards where hatred for him is intense – shouldn’t you know that?. As per Marina Hyde’s opinion piece and her readers’ comments, his renown relies as much on notoriety (used here euphemistically) as prestige (Clinton’s comments are contained; please don’t read so selectively). As for his longevity well that’s all part of the survival miracle that is this teflon coated Grizzly: cover ups of sex abuse within the RA, SF and the Adams family while demanding that all other culpable organisations and individuals face the full rigour of the law, former comrades’ firm allegations of his orders to kill civilians etc. Oh, you do irony alright.

  • Robin Keogh

    Right, so u are saying i was correct in my original point. he is popular, has longevity and is renowned; no need to have disagreed with me to just go full circle and then agree ! Jeez, Surely, you have better things to do.

  • whatif1984true

    He won’t go away you know. (26)

  • Carlos Fleming

    There better be a colouring in section.

  • Ben De Hellenbacque

    Oh dear, kind of tangential short attention span there. Let’s keep it simple: the operative word was surreal.

  • Robin Keogh

    stop using big words