Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week June 10, 2012Posted by Garibaldy in Sunday Independent Stupid Statement of the Week.
As we might expect, the Sindo is making hay during the sunshine of Mick Wallace’s tax evasion – the caption below the photo is a particularly effective way of doing so. The story quotes Alan Shatter also sticking his oar in, saying the independents
need to decide whether they are self-serving street anarchists, addicted to opportunistic populist protest and obsessed by out of date left-wing or right-wing ideology or real democrats
A taster, then, of what we can expect in terms of the increasing political and media focus on the members of the technical group – and particularly those on the left who have yet to call for Wallace to go.
The Sindo, something which I should have expected but didn’t, is in full-on Jubilee mode this week. So no winner this week, just a score draw. Ruth Dudley Edwards, for inaccurate, patronising, nauseating, borderline racist drivel.
For the party I wore a red, white and blue fascinator, with attendant corgi, made by an American friend: she will go home eventually, but she loves the richness of British heritage.
Mass immigration to the United Kingdom over the past few decades has been a source of communal tension, not least because those who opposed it were denounced by the liberal elite as racists and bigots. The Jubilee provided an opportunity for these immigrants to say — as many of them did on radio and TV vociferously — ‘Thank you for having us. We subscribe to your values and we honour the woman who is now our queen.’ It did far more for social harmony than tens of thousands of well-meaning speeches from politicians and clerics.
There is nothing comfortable or easy that we can get behind in the same way that the Brits got behind the Queen. It feels as if their history and identity are settled, whereas ours is still in flux. A work in progress. We don’t even have a president that we can genuinely unite around at the moment, because Michael D seems determined to be so very political, whereas the Queen is studiously above all that nonsense.
I could have sworn that there is a real prospect the union might break up within the next 15 years or so given the way things are going in Scotland, and that Cameron’s government has turned its back on multi-culturalism, throwing UK policies towards minorities into a state of confusion. But apparently not.
Actually, in fairness to the Sindo, you do learn things from it occasionally. Like this
De Valera came within a whisker of being shot for his part in a rebellion that tried to put a German prince on the throne in Dublin Castle.
Commonwealth membership might also have destroyed the grim lock exerted by the Department of Finance on the Irish policy process well before that place’s long-deserved implosion in 2010.
One of the most remarkable economies in the world today is that of Singapore, another Commonwealth country willing to risk association with monarchy in exchange for access to a talking shop where the economic talk seems pretty good
God Save the Sindo. And the Queen.