The Broken Elbow carries a statement from Eamonn McCann of People Before Profit criticising Sinn Fein for its smear tactics in the run up to this week's Northern elections.
At his party’s Ard Fheis, Gerry Adams blurted out that we are “a two nations party.”
We are nothing of the sort, as Adams well knows. We are a 32-county party with three TDs in the Dail. We fight austerity North and South – unlike Sinn Fein shouting left-wing slogans in the South, while implementing Tory policy in the North in order to keep in with the DUP.
It’s Sinn Fein’s politics which are partitioned, not ours.
In the Irish News on Thursday, Jim Gibney confirmed just how rattled Sinn Fein has become. He implored readers not to support “small, left-wing parties” like People Before Profit which, he claimed, ignore “issues of injustice and discrimination”.
People in Derry can make up their own minds whether I have ignored injustice and discrimination. This is just another smear by a party which is having difficulty on the doorsteps persuading former supporters to vote for them again.
Sinn Fein is not used to facing a serious challenge from the Left. Now they find People Before Profit breathing down their necks in three constituencies, and they don’t know how to handle it. But they’d better get used to it. After Thursday, they will face the same challenge every day in the Assembly.