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  1.  Does Adams care if the UK goes to hell

  2.  Does it matter until it matters?  If I was him I'd be building support within Sinn Fein for dumping the policy under certain conditions.


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by ATinNM on Sun Aug 27th, 2017 at 06:38:48 PM EST
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Adams doesn't care about the UK, but he does care about N. Ireland.  If he can put a spanner in the works of a hard Brexit, he can put a spanner in the works of a hard border and save the Good Friday Agreement he was instrumental in negotiating.

Now that Sinn Fein has replaced the SDLP as the main nationalist party, his only options for increasing his vote further (he came within 1% of the DUP and becoming the largest party in N. Ireland - which brings with it the "First Minister" role) is to pick off more conservative nationalists who currently vote SDLP, Alliance, Green and even a few Unionists.

That means adopting more mainstream "responsible" policies and practices - and that means no more abstentionism...

But he will bide his time, and strike when he can do most damage.  He doesn't want to give "remoaners" the excuse of not voting against the Government because that would mean voting with Sinn Fein.

There is a majority of 56% who voted against Brexit in Northern Ireland.  They have got to be his target demographic even if some of them will never ever vote Sinn Fein.

So the pitch will be that Sinn Fein will act decisively in the name of the majority of the people of Ireland, North and south, who are against Brexit, and against the Tories and DUP who are trying to impose Brexit on Ireland against the will of the vast majority.

What democrat could possibly object to that?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Sun Aug 27th, 2017 at 07:30:56 PM EST
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