Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

The popular cartoon character Wile E. Coyote while hiding under a sheep to deceive the unwary herd from discovering his presence.

A gentleman is simply a patient wolf.

— Hollywood actress Lana Turner

SOMETIMES, politicians and criminals seem to be alike and that’s because they can both be wolves in sheep’s clothing.

We are sure every one of us would agree that most criminals when in their communities appear to be upstanding citizens who abide by the law and at times are generous individuals who join charitable endeavors and even help those belonging to marginalized families, desperately in need of help.

And most politicians profess they are patriots who quest for a position of authority in the belief that they are serving their communities for the betterment of their constituents or the country.

But take the case of this councilman from County Antrim in Ireland, who has made people believe he is a righteous and religious man and even a hero for his countrymen in playing four times for his country in 1995, including in the Rugby World Cup.

But the daughter of this religious bigot with Protestant paramilitary terrorist links who wore Ireland’s green jersey on the rugby field broke her silence on the sexual abuse from her father she suffered when she was still a child.

After her father’s recent demise and waiving her anonymity, Victoria Tweed, 26, claimed her father David Tweed started abusing her when she was six. She told the Sunday World, “The person who was supposed to be my protector was coming into my bedroom every night to abuse me.”

Tweed, a former Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) and later Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) councilor from Ballymoney, died aged 61 in a motorcycle crash two weeks ago. He was once a prominent member of the Orange Order who boasted about contacts with the outlawed UVF. Tributes were paid on his death by a number of unionists including TUV leader Jim Allister and DUP member of parliament Ian Paisley.
But in response to the tributes, Tweed’s daughter and other child victims spoke out defiantly about their abuse: “I’m glad he’s dead. I actually celebrated his death with friends. He can’t harm any more wee girls.”

She added, “People try to make out Davy Tweed was a great man, a great rugby man, and a great unionist politician, but he wasn’t. He was a pedophile.”

Another unnamed victim told the Sunday World of her sexual abuse as a child and how, when she was a teenager, Tweed warned if she told anybody he would arrange for Protestant paramilitaries to kill her. She added, “He was a stinking pedophile and now everyone knows it. The world is a better place now to be rid of this dreadful human being.”

For some, though, the revelations of Tweed’s victims did not come as a surprise as the deceased actually had a record. He had been repeatedly accused of heckling church-goers and at one stage of throwing bricks at police officers during a banned Apprentice Boys march. He was also reported to have pulled down his underpants to parade a loyalist tattoo on his hindquarters.

Tweed was charged in 2009 with ten sex offenses against two young girls but was acquitted.

Three years later, he was convicted on a string of child sex offenses and sent to jail for eight years. He also pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife Margaret. However, following an appeal in 2013, his conviction was quashed on a technicality and he was released.

A few days ago, former Manila apostolic administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo issued an appeal to the voters, urging them to be critical in their choice of candidate in the forthcoming national and local elections scheduled on May 8 next year. He reminded them that not all those running for public office “have a heart for the poor” and there are politicians who have a tendency to deceive voters by making it appear they have the best interests of the country at heart. Pabillo’s appeal is in the wake of tomorrow’s commemoration of the World Day of the Poor

Actually, we have become victims of politicians who only want our votes and when they are finally elected and are in office suffer the medical condition we know as ‘amnesia’.

Going back to Tweed, who was hailed by his colleagues as an upright man and an accomplished politician, we wonder if there is one or more among the candidates for next year’s electoral exercise that are actually “wolves just dressed up in sheep’s clothing.” (ai/mtvn)

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