Whatever you do, don’t mention the war dead…

Not sure quite what Mary Warnock was thinking when she wrote this, but you have to chalk this up to a propaganda victory to Sinn Fein…

Of course, we cannot overlook the horrors of the Orange marches, nor the continuing hatred between Catholics and Protestants.

As the Irish President noted just a few days ago in Windsor:

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  • Brian Walker

    Note that Mary wrote in full of her late husband Sir Geoffrey, Leeds born, fellow philosopher and former vice chancellor of Oxford University but nevertheless ….

    “Though people sometimes talk as if the Troubles began in the 1970s, this is far from true. They were centuries old; and the Irish have extraordinarily long memories. (I did not live for nearly 50 years with an atheist but fanatically Protestant Ulsterman without becoming aware of this.) (I did not live for nearly 50 years with an atheist but fanatically Protestant Ulsterman without becoming aware of this.)

  • Mc Slaggart

    “Irish have extraordinarily long memories. ”

    This always makes me smile. I have always found the English to have just as long memories. 1066, Boadice, king aurther and so it goes on and on.

    What they mean is the Irish remember things that the English have “forgotten”.,….

  • “Not sure quite what Mary Warnock was thinking”

    This curiosity from her Wiki entry:

    Although an atheist, she is an Anglican and a regular churchgoer.

    Is this some sort of insurance policy? 🙂

  • Mick Fealty

    Apparently he was the son of a doctor from Northern Ireland, and joined the Irish Guards Brian. Perhaps something rubbed off?

  • Politico68

    Clearly a sensible and intelligent woman, if only some of our own journalists and commentators had the same capacity for dispassionate but accurate insight.

  • thethoughtfulone

    “I have always found the English to have just as long memories.”

    Too right, that 1966 World Cup final is really starting to grate!