Demo in Place de la Républic, Paris
As is only to be expected, Chris Donnelly in the Irish News plays the full anti imperialist card against the UK, without regard to variations of interpretation. He uses a French quotation approvingly as if the French were purely the idealists of the Rights of Man and that the revolution had no downside such as the ruinous attempt to conquer all Europe and the French Empire never existed. All major states were born in a state of nature, where life could be nasty brutish and short. The smaller Irish nation was no exception, with a legacy Chris smoothly plays down. Wherever possible, History is bent to serve his cause.
This is of course a great moment to talk about perfidious Albion and there are – equally of course – strong arguments for a united Ireland. But to believe that Britain is the source of all our ills and to rely on “perfidious Albion” as a major argument is likely to prove self defeating among those of any stripe who recognise the richness of British culture and democratic traditions shared throughout the world and who put reconciliation first.
Former BBC journalist and manager in Belfast, Manchester and London, Editor Spolight; Political Editor BBC NI; Current Affairs Commissioning editor BBC Radio 4; Editor Political and Parliamentary Programmes, BBC Westminster; former London Editor Belfast Telegraph. Hon Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, Univ Coll. London