Malcolm’s blood-pressure (according to his GP) is a matter of concern, at the best of times.
Then he was rendered splenetic by the continuing nonsense spieled (on this occasion) by Iain Dale:
Will the Irish Capitulate to Blackmail?
You might be forgiven for not knowing this, but in only two weeks’ time -on 2 October – Ireland goes to the polls to vote for the second time on the Lisbon Treaty. Bearing in mind how much coverage it got the first time around this side of the Irish sea, you might well ask why it has received scant coverage this time. Could it be because certain people think if it doesn’t get hyped up the Irish will vote the “right way”?
Looking in from the outside it seems to me that the mainstream parties are trying to use the terrible economic circumstances to pressurise the people into voting yes, on the basis that if they don’t the inward investment which provides to many jobs will not be forthcoming. I’d like to think the Irish people will be intelligent enough to see through this …
An oldie but a goldie!
Back in 1880, Gustave de Molinari, born in what would now be Belgium, living in Paris, shrewdly observed that English newspapers:
allow no occasion to escape them of treating the Irish as an inferior race — as a kind of white negroes.
Well now: one of those comparators has changed, become unacceptable in common parlance. So …
- The “right way”?
- “intelligent enough”?
Any more stereotypes, Mr Dale?
Or do you wot of what you speak?
Ireland is a sovereign nation.
Moreover, both Republic and Six Counties cope electorally with Proportional Representation systems too sophisticated for mere Anglo-Saxons.
The answer to Dale and his like had already been magisterially delivered by today’s first leader in the Irish Times:
IRELAND HAS become a battleground for several conflicting political currents in the European Union as voters prepare to decide on the Lisbon Treaty on October 2nd … the most prominent intervention of this kind comes from the hard Eurosceptic and Europhobic wings of British conservatism who want to weaken the EU radically or withdraw from it altogether. Their objectives are altogether at variance with Ireland’s vital interests as a small state in a well-functioning EU system.
For some, though, 1921 never happened.
And wogs begin at Llandudno.