Lessons in Cute Hoorism: “Graft was accepted, for you were taking from the British…”

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I’ve been catching up on some reading, recently. Most pleasantly surprised by John Drennan’s latest opus from Gill and Macmillan, Cute Hoors and Pious Protestors

It’s early days yet, but I was struck by this paragraph, part of a dissection of Fianna Fail near the beginning:

One of the more fatal consequences of our colonial experience was the warping of Irish political development. Since the rise of O’Connell Irish politics has been clominated by the big tent school of politics, where a monolithic party, led by an authoritarian great national leader devoted itself to the single objective of securing Irish independence.

The long term consequence of this was the evolution of a school of politics where vices like graft were accepted – for you were taking from the British – and virtues such as dissent or ideas about the structure of the state were not tolerated for they were a distraction from the great national objective.

Indeed… You can buy a copy from the Slugger Book Store

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  • AGlassOfHine

    Excellent blog Mick.

    Moving swiftly on…..any chance of doing a blog about the presence of Mr Mugabe at the Vatican City last Sunday ?
    There is supposed to be a European travel ban on this mass murderer,yet a blind eye has been turned to this astonishing event ?

    I thank you in advance.

    V Frankenstein.

  • Sean o Russell

    Giving Seven Billion To Fine Gael wsa not clever.Trying to get it back of Fianna Fail if they ever return would be plain stupid.The wedding cost them 20.We got 7 large ones..Tax Free.As a socialist i totally agree with Fine Gaels policy on Law and Order.Cute hoors alright.If the English Government feel like they’ve been robbed,they should think of the IMF.
    Has the head of the european bank seen any of the ghost towns?If they thought the flats where bad….

  • Cynic2

    “the presence of Mr Mugabe at the Vatican City last Sunday ?”

    States should withdraw their Ambassadors in protest