The Cruiser was, of course, a special case, but it’s worth recalling the level of hostility and outright hatred Hume faced - increasing in direct proportion to how likely it was he’d succeed.
21 April 1993: the Sunday Independent runs fifteen separate columns - and a front page - attacking John Hume, perhaps the greatest single demonstration of Nobody Tells Me What To Write in modern history.
Excited to see what the Sunday Indo come up with, actually. My bet is ‘The Hume-Adams talks were a strategic indulgence: the IRA had been infiltrated by British intelligence to such an extent that surrender was imminent.'
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