Today is Europe Day.
Or maybe it isn’t?
RTE have it as their lead item, but there is fuck all mention that I can find in the printed meeja.
I decided to investigate a little further.
According to the EU itself, Europe Day is indeed the 9th, but it starts on the 4th which makes a lot of sense?
So what is this day supposed to be about? They claim it is a celebration of “peace and unity” across Europe. Should we really be clapping ourselves on our collective backs just because we aren’t at war with each other? Yet? And the only unity that I can see is a united distrust of the EU right across Europe. At least they have the grace not to use the usual “peace and prosperity”, having destroyed several countries and reducing them to vassal states.
So what am I and all my happy European brothers and sisters supposed to be doing on this auspicious day?
Apparently, if I nip over somewhat sharpish to Croke Park I can enjoy the honour of shaking the hand of Lucinda Creighton. Now the only time I would voluntarily shake Lucinda Creighton by the hand is if I were suffering from a particularly nasty and virulent plague and I knew I was in the most infectious phase. Frankly, I would rather run bollock naked through a field of nettles.
I wish them well in their attempts to put a friendly facade on their thinly disguised move to control the continent, but I have a strong feeling that the only people who will be celebrating today are those who are already on the EU Gravy Train.
And those who have a bad dose of Stockholm Syndrome of course.