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to Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor and George W. Bush, each of whom had high hopes of being named Paddy's Week Hypocrite of 2005

Eamon McCann • Derry Journal, 20 March 2005

George W. made his bid on Thursday with a claim during a meeting with a Belfast family to hold the rule of law above all other virtues.

Dubya has recently been threatening all manner of mayhem if Serbs, Croats and Kosovans don't hand over their citizens to the UN War Crimes Tribunal at the Hague. At the same time, he sends squads of kidnappers around the world to seize individuals charged with no offence and transport them to countries run by thugs who torture for him on a contract basis (Egypt, Jordan, Yemen, Uzbekistan etc.). Alternatively, he has them quietly (well, screamingly, I suppose, really) murdered in-house at, for example, the Baghram air base in Afghanistan.

This is high-quality stuff. In an average year, Dubya would clearly have hacked up in the hypocrisy stakes. But this time he takes home only bronze.

In silver medal position comes Cormac of Westminster, for telling party leaders last week that abortion must be an issue in the forthcoming British election, in the interests of the most vulnerable human beings of all.

Cormac, while Bishop of Arundel and Brighton in 1980s, moved a priest eventually convicted of nine charges of child sex abuse---including abuse of a child with severe learning difficulties---from parish to parish as successive waves of complaint came in. It never occurred to him to tell social services, the police or anyone else that the complaints had been made.

Cormac seems to believe that it's only after children are born that it's OK to trample on their human rights. A performance of some, er, eminence, then. Could well be next year's golden boy. But he was bested this time by one of the old reliables of world hypocrisy.

Yes, once again, it's a Brit prime minister who sets the gold standard for brass neckery, sheer effrontery and all round Pharisaism.

T. Blair suggested on Paddy's Eve that anyone impeding inquiries into the politically motivated cover-up of the murder of Robert McCartney is unfit for government. He then conferred on himself and his political associates powers to decide what evidence should be covered up from the inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane.

After long and arduous discussion, myself and my fellow judges, Mr. Justice Mailey and Lord Sandino, decided that while Bush may be a bad-minded mountebank and O'Connor-Murphy a dissembling double-dealer, when it comes to lies, fraud and perversion of justice, they are no match for Tony Blair. All that experience, I suppose.

(The judges did consider nomination of a number of local Sinn Feiners who have been muttering about the justice-seeking McCartney sisters lining up for a photo-op with Dubya, given Dubya's record as outlined above. However the nominations were rejected on the technical ground that Shinners complaining at this stage about anybody abasing themselves in the White House amounts not to hypocrisy but to stupidity.)






















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22 March 2005

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Democractic Killers
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Eamon McCann

No Dodging the Moral Dilemma
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After St Patrick's Day, Where Goes the Peace Process?
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The Left Way Could be the Right Way for Sinn Fein
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Robert McCartney
Carol Mallon

Don't Lose Perspective
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Anthony McIntyre

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The Letters page has been updated.

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Robinson Family, Derry

Power in the Pub
Anthony McIntyre

Why No Arrests? (Whose agenda are we working to)?
TR FitzSimons

McCartneys: how the personal became political
Brendan O'Neill

No Breakthrough
Michael Benson

Hope for Justice
Mick Hall

Provisional Thuggery in Strabane
Des Dalton

Basking in the Glory?
Dr John Coulter

This Is What Democracy Doesn't Look Like
Fred A. Wilcox

Way Beyond Orwell
Eoghan O'Suilleabhain

Aliyah and the Oligarchs
Mary La Rosa



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