THEY are not the same as us, you know. I refer, of course, to our friends in Norn Iron, that troubled little statelet whose inhabitants have long been displaying conflicts of personality which would have intrigued Robert Louis Stevenson.
Take, for example, the strange case of Gerry Adams. The longtime republican leader -- although he was never in the IRA, nosireebob -- having won a seat on behalf of the people of his personal fiefdom in West Belfast at Westminster, Stormont and Brussels, decided that what the people of Louth needed was his own brand of political expertise in Dail Eireann. As if things weren't bad enough in Dundalk.
Regardless, the voters of Louth elected Adams, whereupon he proceeded to notch up one of the Dail's worst attendance records this year. The fools who voted for him deserve everything they get.
Another of Norn Ireland's finest is scumbag developer and convicted terrorist Tom McFeely.
In an interview last weekend, McFeely (below) gave a masterclass in confused victimhood. Not only did he come across like the uncaring bully he truly is but he also tried to make out that he was picked on in this country because he's a 'Nordie with a Republican reputation'. Reputation? Er, I think you'll find that going on hunger strike and admitting to planting bombs qualifies as more than that.
And did he display any contrition for the poor residents of Priory Hall? Have a guess.
Elsewhere we have Peter Darragh Quinn, who, like McFeely, expresses his love for Ireland by swearing allegiance to the GAA but then toddles across the border and takes sanctuary in the Queen's territory when it suits him. But back to Mr Adams. I really hope that the morons who voted for Sinn Fein/IRA in the last election have been taking notes.
One note might be how Gerry Adams bleats on about how he hates the cuts in our country, as his party oversees even more stringent budget cuts in the North.
It's bad enough having to share the same jurisdiction with the Corkonions, but Nordies? Nein Danke.