I’m sorry, even in the name of peace, it was wrong to take McGuinness’s bloodsoaked hand By Max Hastings for the Daily Mail Published: 23:43 GMT, 27 June 2012 | Updated: 00:42 GMT, 29 June 2012 e-mail 116 View One among many reasons we admire the Queen is that, in return for all those palaces and footmen and Scottish holidays, she must smile through endless encounters that would send the rest of us either to sleep or the madhouse.She entertains at Buckingham Palace African dictators, clowns like ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy, or Chinese and Russian leaders who never get the blood off their hands, however often they use the royal hand-basins. For ten years, she had to meet Tony Blair once a week, and even be civil to his wife.But I doubt whether any of these ordeals inspired as much royal repugnance as shaking hands yesterday with Martin McGuinness, Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland and former career killer of British soldiers, Ulster policemen and anybody else who obstructed his all-Irish dream. Historic moment: The Queen shakes hands with former IRA commander Martin McGuinness in front of Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson (centre) and the world’s cameras Since seeing… Read full this story
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