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Monday, May 03, 2021

How Mr Churchill and his Chums Freed the Brilliant Realm of Ulster from its Blight of Seditious Evil

Her Madge Gawblesser has issued an official rah-rah to commemorate the centenary of the Government of Ireland Act, which divided the island into Northern Ireland and another bit that doesn't matter very much. One of the speech-writers was puckish enough to sneak in a line crediting the recently tossed-aside peace to "a generation of leaders who had the vision and courage to put reconciliation before division," rather than aspiring to the methods used by the generation of Johnson, May, Foster and Poots. The National Haystack himself had a bit of a blather about "the formation of the United Kingdom as we know it today," a self-evident blessing to all concerned, though the border question may have been a little clearer in 1921. While strangely disinclined towards optimistic references to bridges, tunnels or increased employment for border guards, Johnson just about managed to acknowledge the fact that different people will have differing perspectives on the jubilee, even though a London-based rah-rah is self-evidently the correct one.

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