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The Irish Times removes my comment on Eoghan Harris

In the "Have Your Say" online slot in the Irish Times this morning former loyalist politician David Adams draws a parallel between Martin MGuinness and former Workers Party guru Eoghan Harris. There are of course no justifiable grounds for making such a comparison and I entered the comment below in the true spirit of debate that our "paper of record" says it wants to encourage.

It goes almost without saying that my comment was removed as quickly as I put it up. This is the 5th time that a comment I have made has been removed.

Have your say? Clearly for the Irish Times, that depends on whether you can fit in with its partitionist ethos.

Here is my censored comment:

"I applaud David Adams's support for Martin McGuinness's right to stand as a candidate for the presidency. However, his attempt to draw a parallel between the political trajectories of Eoghan Harris and Martin McGuinness is way off beam.
Eoghan Harris has worn more political coats than Joseph of the Bible whereas Martin McGuinness in particular and Sinn Fein in general (in the face of a campaign of assassination) got rid of the Government of Ireland Act and locked Unionism into a non re-negotiable agreement that was ratified on an all Ireland basis.
There is no comparison between Harris and McGuinness."

David Adams' article can be read here:
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Title: The Irish Times removes my comment on Eoghan Harris
Date posted: 22 Sep '11 - 07:57
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