Fr. Mc Manus on Nesbitt's Reference to Harold Mc Cusker
The EditorNews LetterBelfast March 29, 2012Dear Editor,I was particularly interested in Mike Nesbitt's reference to the late Harold Mc Cuske : " the best leader we never had." ("Nesbitt pays tribute to ‘undervalued’ Elliott." March 29).It so happens that just the day before, I learned that Mr. Mc Cusker had admitted to an eminent American writer that -- in order to stay in power -- he often said bigoted things in public, of which he was privately ashamed.I had met Mr. Mc Cusker several times in Washington. After debating him on the TV Show," Crossfire," he and I were once waiting for a cab on the street, having a very amicable conversation. As he was about to hop into his cab, he came back to me and in a friendly way prodded my chest with his finger and said : " Never forget this, Sean. There are more of us than there are of you."I replied: "But what if your artificial majority no longer holds Up? What then?"He smiled gently, shrugged, gestured with his hands, as if to say: "What will be, will be." And he was off into the Washington night. I never saw him again, but I was sorry to learn of his premature death. God rest him.
Fr. Sean Mc Manus