Ho boy but there are a few ruffled feathers in Ireland today.
Some chap in the UK has written an obscure article in an obscure magazine lambasting Ireland as a land of “puppy farms, ratholes like Rathkeale and drug mule celebs“.
It is very doubtful that many people would have read the article and even fewer would have taken any notice, but with perfect loyalty to the Streisand Effect someone complained and now every fucking keyboard warrior in the country is up in arms. Joe Duffy has enough material for his phone in radio show for a full week or more.
Unfortunately the original article has been removed from the Interwebs, and even more sadly, the author has apologised. Wimp!
From the few snippets I have read, I have to generally agree with him. No. Strike that. I have to completely agree with him. Granted he has picked some of the negative points but then maybe they outweigh the positives.
All the things he mentions are as a result of crap governance or policing in the past and present, so I can’t see what people are complaining about. However not only has the article been branded “racist” but has been officially reported to The Law as such. Racist my fucking arse. It’s about as racist as my being branded sexist for refusing to wear a skirt. Racism is casting a slur on the race [the hint is in the name] not the way a country has been governed or policed. But then everyone has to be an “ist” or a “phobe” these days?
Of course the problem is that people have been sucked into the idea that Ireland is one glorious theme park full of heritage centres, festivals and other tourist sucking devices and it’s not so nice when someone steps up to the mark and points out that all is not quite so squeaky clean.
People are so fucking touchy these days.