After Adams (et al)… October 12, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
IEL had a very thought-provoking point recently in regard to Sinn Féin, how matters might change for them in the period after Gerry Adams leaves the leadership of SF.
He argues that:
I wonder too would it make sense for Adams, Dessie Ellis and Martin Ferris to retire at the next election and leave a future SF Parliamentary Party , for want of a better expression, clean of the troubles.
Of course this has to be hedged with caveats. For a start SF without Adams et al is still going to be SF. Those who are still involved are those who have been attached to the project for years.
But there are aspects of this that work many different ways. For some Adams et al are tokens of the project, the credibility of it as it were. You may laugh, but well myself and Joe who comments on here remember being in the WP in, what was it, 1986 when one P. de Rossa was despatched from head office to assure us that our local candidate would stay on the straight and narrow.Now, I’m not suggesting that the trajectory of Adams is going to be one that follows that of that other luminary but you cannot buy that sort of authority and credibility. And it essential in maintaining coherence and cohesiveness.
Sure, all this is largely cosmetic. None of what I mention is impossible with Adams outside the Dáíl, but Adams inside the Dáil has been of enormous assistance in so many different ways. That point about being a token of the project has many different aspects – for example it ensure Belfast has a figure actually in the Dáil and visibly so, and so on.
So, a big question is how to retain that sort of a link, perhaps after Adams someone else from the North will be brought in as candidate for his seat.
And beyond that what is the cost benefit analysis?