ColumnistsPaddy Murray

Gerry’s a royal pain as Charles shows he really is a class act

Adams with Prince Charles
Adams with Prince Charles

Can you imagine, for one second, Gerry Adams speaking with the same compassion, decency, humanity or the same Christianity as Prince Charles did in Ireland the other day?

I don’t get the royal thing at all, to be honest.

But in the back of my mind somewhere, I admire them – or most of them. I wouldn’t do what they do for twice what they get.

To be able to stand up in the place where his beloved great uncle, two children and another pensioner were murdered in the name of Ireland, and speak as he did of his love and admiration for this country was heartening.

And what did Adams say?

He doesn’t regret what he said at the time of the murder which is that what the IRA did to him is what Lord Mountbatten had been doing all his life to other people; and with his war record he could not have objected to dying in what was clearly a war situation.

“He knew the danger involved in coming to this country. In my opinion, the IRA achieved its objective: people started paying attention to what was happening in Ireland.”

And Martin McGuinness: “We didn’t ask anybody in that room to apologise for anything.”

Leopards and spots come to mind.

But that might be unfair on leopards.