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Adams' Trojan horse will fall at the hurdle of trust

As strategies go, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams's use of the equality principle as a Trojan horse mechanism, fooling his opponents into believing that equality is good for them too when it patently is not, must be regarded as pretty foolhardy.

Throughout the history of this island, unionists and Protestants have always regarded themselves as superior to nationalists and Catholics.

They have never needed to be told that giving any concessions to nationalists and Catholics is tantamount to conceding to a "Trojan horse" approach on the part of their opponents.

"What we have, we hold," is a popular phrase in their politics and the fact is that a strategy to secure a united Ireland needs to go beyond the nonsense Gerry Adams has spoken about in relation to equality and trickery.

Irish unity will only come about when we, in the Irish Catholic and nationalist tradition, deal with the anxieties and fears in the unionist community, which Gerry Adams has accentuated in his Enniskillen speech.

It may be very difficult for Gerry Adams to see the truth of all this since he is blinded by his political ideology, but the fact is that Sinn Fein are a sizeable proportion of the problem in terms of achieving Irish unity.

They have created massive, possibly even insurmountable, problems for unionists to deal with.

Now, after Gerry Adams's equality and Trojan horse remarks, unionists won't be able to trust Sinn Fein in any serious way, which is sad after a period of relatively good relations in the North. That position won't change until Gerry Adams retires as Sinn Fein president.

JOHN O'CONNELL

Derry

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