Ah come on, it’s Ireland. Irish people are stubbornly conservative well beyond the point of idiocy. “That’s the way it’s always been done, don’t rock the boat, keep the head down, say nuttin”. The entire culture right down to vernacular words and phrases is all about no speaking out of turn, playing the game, act like yer not wise, keep things the exact same at all costs – don’t be bringing attention to yourself.
It’s 6 years since property prices started to fall but almost anyone you talk to in Ireland is still pining for the good old days of 2006. The bubble became “normal” and they want it back and nobody is willing to voice, in public, the heresy that the entire bubble was, ummm, a bubble, a fraud, abnormal, unsustainable. You’d be lynched in most parts of the country still if you try to actually voice what “bubble” means, with the clear logical implication that no, 2006 isn’t ever coming back.
90 years later and young fellas involved in FF & FG are still arguing over the civil war even though in every single other respect their political views and policies are identical.
Nearky 20 years after the ceasefires, 15 years after the GFA, in the wake of numerous revelations about what went on, who did what, and who was really pulling various strings, and the bulk of the southern populace remain blissfully ignorant with a cartoonish, ignorant and counter-factual fantasy version of the Troubles in their head. The media are still ranting away as if it was 1974, and the RTE/INM/FFG idiots are now the most politically-unevolved, backward, unsophisticated, bitter, divisive stumbling block on the island. When the DUP seem sane and reasonable shrewd political operators compared to anyone in RTE, the Indo, FF FG or Lab, rational people might step back and reconsider. But nope, they’ll keep on banging their tired old Harrisite drums for decades more yet.
20-odds years of a torrent of filth about what the hypocrites and paedos in the Roman middle-eastern death cult have been getting up to for many many decades, and still 85% of the country self-identify with them, they still control health and education policy, the entire Dail is paralysed and incapable of passing basic legislation to stop young women dying out of terror of a (largely mythical IMO) Bead-rattler Backlash, and there’s no abortion in Ireland even though 4000 or so Irish women a year are flying over to England for abortions. But you can’t mention that.
As I said, stubbornly conservative and clinging to ridiculous ideas long past the point of idiocy.
It’s not the political system that is wrong, it’s the underlying culture which is deeply sick, neurotic, and unfit for purpose. The insane corrupt political system is just a reflection, a symptom, of a deeper and more fundamental malaise.
People can chat all they want about constitutional, institutional or legislative reforms, argue about marxism vs capitalism….it completely misses the point IMO. What southern Ireland needs is fundamental cultural reform and a long-overdue and very difficult honest conversation with itself.
Sidewinder 30 March 2013