Reasons for ringing the Ombudsman

So now three DUP MLAs have requested the Ombudsman to look into Gerry Adams’s role in the Liam Adams saga. I wonder why.

It could be that they feel it’s important to be part of the great battle against child sexual abuse and this is their contribution. Or it could be that they feel the PPS  isn’t doing its job the way they’d like to see it done. Or it could be that they believe Gerry Adams is a very bad leader of Sinn Féin and they hope in this way to have him replaced by someone better. Or it could be (and I’m putting my money on this one) that they have their eye on elections next May and are limbering up to appeal to the backwoodsmen. Adams-bashing is big with the backwoodsmen.

Whatever the reason, from a DUP point of view it must seem logical that they take every opportunity to…I was going to say ‘chip away’ but that’s copyrighted…to weaken the leader of the main party you’re in government with. Yes I know that sounds nuts but it would almost certainly resonate with the bwm. But in doing so, the three DUP amigos have forgotten something rather important.

With each blow  they aim at Gerry Adams’s reputation, they are strengthening Sinn Féin. Sounds counter-intuitive, as they say nowadays? Well, it’s just that patently opportunistic actions against Sinn Féin only stiffens the support of those who are Sinn Féin voters and possibly adds to their number. If the DUP truly wanted to weaken Sinn Féin at the polls, they should start saying they think Gerry Adams is a very fine person, they admire the work he’s done to bring about and maintain peace, and that he leads a party they are happy to be in government with. If they did that, Sinn Féin voters would begin to think Sinn Féin must have abandoned every republican value, seeing as how the DUP were now so fond of them.

Worth a try, guys.  Although if you do, there’s one big catch: your backwoodsmen  will almost certainly have a collective heart-attack. Still, you can’t make a political omelette without breaking backwoods hearts.

5 Responses to Reasons for ringing the Ombudsman

  1. Anonymous October 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    Dr Morris Fraser – Research into children during ‘the troubles’ –

    Dr Morris Fraser –

    Is this the same Dr Morris? If it is (I am not saying it is) that angle needs looked into.

  2. Anonymous October 12, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    When did Gerry Adams join the police? Last week you told us the media were the culprits ( Adams bashing ). Let’s await the Attorney General’s investigation into the actions of the PPS. The DUP no doubt will take your thoughtful advice on board.

  3. Anonymous October 12, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    It won’t do SF any harm north of the border. The south may be different. Time will tell.

  4. Anonymous October 12, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    Sorry to be pedantic,but have the M L A s not asked the Ombudsman to look at the actions of the P S N I in relation to the Liam Adams case.

  5. Anonymous October 13, 2013 at 11:21 am #

    It’s not within the gift of the Police Ombudsman’s office to investigate Gerry Adams. However it has been tasked with investigating the police role in a complaint to the police in what you describe as the “Liam Adams saga”, which it isn’t. So it’s no wonder I’m left wondering why you’re in wonder because I think most people caught the gist of what the newsreaders were saying.