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Sunday and other Media Stupid Statements from this week… June 13, 2021

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Not a regular person in this column, but perhaps should be. Here’s Piers Morgan offering a whole bundle of contradictions, as IrishCentral notes:

“We’ve inherited enough ultra-liberal cancel culture bullsh*t from America already, thanks very much.”

Morgan continues: “Stay out of Ireland.

“I know, I know, you’ve got Irish roots… God knows you bang on about it enough.

“But when you were asked by a reporter ‘Mr. Biden, a quick word for the BBC?’ and you responded, ‘I’m Irish!’ it’s very clear where your priorities lie, and the very last thing Britain needs right now as it emerges from the bitter wreckage of the Brexit battle is an American president poking his meddling Remainer nose into the situation in the way that you’ve already shown a disconcerting keenness to do. 

As the piece notes the US is a co-guarantor of the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement.

Speaking of that… 

Implementation of the protocol was always going to be messy and, like its mooted predecessor the backstop – remember that? – it was inevitable that it would be viewed with great suspicion by unionists in Northern Ireland.

Their concerns were not fully understood in Dublin or Brussels, and ultimately they became victims of Johnson’s need for political expediency.

Does that seem remotely likely? And where were the British government in all this as the party with the greatest responsibly for assuaging any concerns?

Not necessarily stupid, but…Michael O’Loughlin in the IT argues that the property crisis has roots in the 19th century:

This has been explained as a hangover from Ireland’s rural past, in that Irish people are still wary of more urban forms of housing, such as apartments with lifelong leases, housing co-operatives and so on, either in the public or private sector. But I believe the answer goes deeper. The Irish seem to have a compulsive need to own the property they live in, what I call the Irish property psychosis, because of a lack of faith in any other form of housing, which is historically programmed. It all boils down to fear of one thing: eviction.

Or could it be something a lot more prosaic – a lack of provision of proper housing by the state since the 1970s and a media that has delighted in the subsequent decades in cheering on and in parts being central to rising house prices with all that that brings?

 

In the same paper Finn McRedmond ascribes to Boris Johnson an analytical insight that seems oddly uncharacteristic of the man to date when suggesting he is keen to jettison the term ‘special relationship’ in relation to the UK:US:

Leaning on a phrase that is no longer in keeping with reality implies that national interests and priorities are consistent and static rather than constantly mutating. As the man who may yet oversee the breakup of the union and is recasting Britain’s global standing in a new light, Johnson understands that is not the case better than anyone.

Meanwhile in the Sunday Independent there’s another person using ‘we’ instead of ‘I’ and mine and so on…

We spend so much of our youth doing things we really don’t enjoy, because of peer pressure or to look cool or to get laid, that it will come as a very welcome relief to finally stop all that nonsense and just go with what we actually like.

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1. EWI - June 13, 2021

Morgan continues: “Stay out of Ireland.

Lack of self-awareness winner of the week? Some competition in the BelTel, though:

It’s quite something […] to have that feeling as a citizen of having no say whatever in the outcome. That’s how many unionists will have felt. Perhaps for the first time, the sense of isolation is everywhere. There are no allies now, if there ever were […] Most nationalists consider the issue, which is of extreme discomfiture to unionists, as a spectator sport; something “they brought on themselves” by either voting for Brexit or just being unionist. Probably both. The fiction that unionists all voted for Brexit suits the stereotype.

https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/columnists/gail-walker/dublin-has-failed-to-represent-the-interests-of-all-in-ni-now-it-seems-a-last-chance-has-been-missed-40529719.html

The rest of the piece largely consists of complaining that the Dublin govt isn’t privileging the tantrums of unionism. But while the media editorials on both sides of the Border (see the IT) took pains to disguise the vote share in the North, and have given the DUP a free ride on their Brexit campaigning, it’s not hard to see where the Brexit vote was:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-36616830

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WorldbyStorm - June 13, 2021

+1

That’s some article in the Belfast Telegraph!

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EWI - June 13, 2021

Medahuis seem intent on ‘reform’ in their various new Irish titles:

https://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/2020/news/award-winning-editor-to-step-down-from-role-with-regional-daily/

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Alibaba - June 13, 2021

Looks like some editors will always march to the beat of their own (or the newspaper owners) drum, regardless of new developments.

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Bagatelle's Underderwether Torpor - June 13, 2021

Gail going out with a bang:

It’s quite something to find oneself looking for news during the week from the talks between Brussels and London on the NI Protocol, and to have that feeling as a citizen of having no say whatever in the outcome. That’s how many unionists will have felt. Perhaps for the first time, the sense of isolation is everywhere. There are no allies now, if there ever were. Not everyone will feel as disconnected as that, of course. Most nationalists consider the issue, which is of extreme discomfiture to unionists, as a spectator sport; something ‘they brought on themselves’ by either voting for Brexit or just being unionist. Probably both. The fiction that unionists all voted for Brexit suits the stereotype. The Protocol has managed though to reveal that nationalists don’t actually have any problem with borders, as such; or the border in particular. Just where it is placed. There’s no issue with having a border that lassos political control over a whole population that doesn’t want it. Likewise, ‘sovereignty’ is only a laughable anachronism when it’s at the heart of the UK’s EU withdrawal, not when it defines the boundaries of the Irish nation. Many will ask, ‘What’s your problem?’ Northern Ireland itself performed that trick 100 years ago, corralling half a million nationalists in a state they didn’t want to be in. But that was a century ago. Ever since, governments in Dublin have been active in seeking political control over this part of the island. It’s a fact that there’s no equivalent desire in Northern Ireland to control the whole island. The revelations that Irish diplomats were surprised at the British concession of the Protocol under duress because they knew full well that unionists wouldn’t be able to accept the deal, but pressed on regardless is a chilling vignette. The very people one might expect would have it in their interests to represent a unionist position fairly couldn’t resist self-interest to such an extent that it actually jeopardises the prospect of peaceful long-term settlements. Let’s face it, was it ever really ‘consent’ that was needed in relation to any proposed unitary state in Ireland? Cold, brow-beaten acquiescence is no use to anyone, other than triumphalists. Are the mistakes of 1921 to be repeated in these Roaring Twenties, with yet another century looming of what passes for ‘peace’ here?What’s required is an embrace: endorsement, belonging, respect, partnership. One fears that may be just a bit outside what the competing parties are after as history looks on. There has been no effort by Irish governments to represent the interests of all the people of Northern Ireland equally; certainly not of those over whom the administrative control it wishes to extend would not be completely welcome. None. There has been no effort to demonstrate to NI’s unionists that, as a government, it has their best interests at heart right now, as potential future citizens. There is a growing realisation that this is a particular omission of Dublin governments of all hues. This is the government and the nation which would wish to absorb that million-odd population, with all the same symbols and considerations that the Republic of Ireland spent a century expunging aggressively from its social fabric. Whether anyone actually cares now is another matter. Meanwhile, the European Union appears to have the interests of nationalism at heart — insisting on the absurd notion that membership of the EU is the only possible way to preserve peace in Ireland. But as co-originator of the Good Friday Agreement David Trimble said again this week, the Protocol does not defend the GFA — on the contrary, it breaches its consent principle. For unionists, the obvious affront to their identity is maintained by the EU under cover of trade and customs, when it’s perfectly clear that the objective remains punitive action against the UK for leaving the EU in the first place. The nasty triggering by the bloc of Article 16 in January confirmed for many the status of the Protocol as a political tool — the EU couldn’t wait to flex its little muscle to see what it looked like. Thankfully, under pressure from Sinn Fein and Dublin, that measure was reversed over an embarrassed weekend. But even yesterday, French President Macron was threatening to block amendments to the Protocol as a bargaining tool over sausages. Are the lives of others really so cheap?Couple all this with the extraordinary intervention by US President Biden, whose contribution to the ‘Irish Question’ to date has been to reinforce one set of perspectives. Guess which. When a man who is so much the citizen of another country that he qualifies as its president can find his ‘Irishness’ given more credit than Ulster Protestants who can track their belonging in Ireland back many hundreds of years, then it really is a contest that only a certain kind of racial litmus test can win. The White House is no warm house for unionists, and had Mr Biden been president in 1998, there would have been no GFA to bicker about now. Just as there’s no chance of an Irish government caucus being established today in east Belfast or north Antrim than there ever will be an edition of RTE’s Late Late Show from the Spectrum Centre or Prime Time from Bushmills. Good Lord, even the BBC’s Question Time and the travesty of SPOTY has left the heart of Empire and visited the outpost of Belfast. But the Irish national interest does not seem to include those gestures. Everywhere one looks, it appears a bleak prospect for unionism and Protestantism on this island. The new leadership team of the DUP on the steps of Stormont, spread out like a scene from Reservoir Dogs, did little to raise the spirits that there was at least a vision on offer from the new unionist heartland that outstripped the nationalist narrative. Edwin Poots, Paul Givan, Paul Frew, in blue suits and brown brogues, resembled an England football team suddenly without Kane, Sterling, Rashford and Maguire. It looked like a DUP tribute band. With internal party problems piling up, might Mr Poots barter an Irish Language Act to get Mr Givan’s brown brogues under the big oak table?And what will then become of the band members who can’t play the old tunes properly anymore?When the need is for advocacy, grace, outreach, visibility and hope — for taking the lead on every platform available, and quickly — there’s a growing sense that the last chance has been missed. For all our futures, actually, that would be a pity if so.

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WorldbyStorm - June 13, 2021

“But as co-originator of the Good Friday Agreement David Trimble said again this week, the Protocol does not defend the GFA — on the contrary, it breaches its consent principle.”

Whereas Brexit didn’t breach the consent principle? Pull the other one.

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Bagatelle's Untoward Threnodies - June 14, 2021

+1 Right? The state of hypocrisy of Unionism would sweep the medals at an Olympic event.

Even better than the Gail rant, checkout the state of Unionism & British Fealty. Look at the up/down votes on the comments and which tribe is vastly outnumbered.

Remember the observation that radical change follows a pandemic and/or global economic depression of the types we’re going through? I’d watch this space because this time next year there could well be a solid majority for a UI in the north. Remember 1989. The smoke signals are there and events can move quite rapidly when a monolith like the DUP cracks.

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2. crocodileshoes - June 13, 2021

The Ireland edition of the Sunday Times is an odder hybrid than ever. The first editorial is written from an Irish pov, the second clearly from a British ( Covid regulations ‘assault on our liberties’ etc). There are six full pages of GAA, but all the coverage of the European Championships is from an England-supporting viewpoint.
When fitzgibbon was editing it, there was some attempt to make the British and Irish content cohere, but now they just seem to shove a few Irish columns into the UK edition, stick the hurling in where the cricket is across the water.. and that’s it. Do they actually employ anyone in Dublin now?

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WorldbyStorm - June 13, 2021

Speaking of which see below.

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3. WorldbyStorm - June 13, 2021

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crocodileshoes - June 13, 2021

From the few Brenda columns I’ve read, she seems able to give Orban a run for his money. For example, I don’t know how the Hungarian strongman treats his teachers, but it would be hard to match the contempt expressed by Brenda for teachers in Ireland.

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