Is it just me or is there something over the top with regards Plaid Cymru AM Bethan Jenkins, decision to abandon Twitter after facing strong criticism over her description of Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister as “naive” for agreeing to meet the Queen.
My take on her "Naive" twitter post of Martin McGuinness was that he was naive in not thinking the UK media will portray this not so much as the triumph of the peace process rather as a triumph for the monarchy .And so it has turned out. A perfectly legitimate analysis right or wrong.
However as many commentators have pointed out . It is unlikely that McGuiness a canny politician if ever was one had not worked out the full implication of his and Sinn Fein decision in meeting the Queen of England and decided that they should do so
Whatever the reason for Bethan's Twitter remarkn. Surely the reaction of Labour and The Western Mule (usually the same thing these days) seem well over the top. . The Western Mule reports Vernon Coaker, Labour’s Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary as saying
“These remarks are dangerous and irresponsible. The language used by Plaid Cymru about Martin McGuinness is almost identical to that of dissident republicans who oppose the peace process.“Plaid Cymru should apologise unreservedly for these comments and state clearly their support for the peace process and opposition to those who seek to destroy it.”Is the Peace protest in such a perilous state that it can be undermined by few words by a young Welsh AM on Twitter?
All this has done is the danger of posting on Twitter or Facebook comments or sound-bights that you are not really able to clarify in a short number of words. Leaving you to Misinterpenetration or ridicule.
Bethan Jenkins is wise to abandon Twitter but then should all politicians as it clearly opens you up to attack.
What surprise me is the lack of support or at least sympathy for Bethan.
Never having met her I can't speak for her character but she seems to have ruffled feathers not only with the my fellow bloggers and the media but within Plaid. Is it me or is there something more here.
There does seem a campaign against Bethan Jenkins from establishment and some anti-establishment quarters . as shown in the news that she had missed a few meetings on a Assembly delegation to Dublin It tends to make me warm to her.