Simon Clark posed a question yesterday.
He starts off though by talking about the Irish being obsessed with Brexit.
I think “obsessed” might be a bit strong though. He was unfortunate enough to get stuck with a phone-in on the subject in the taxi, but apart from that I presume it would be a natural topic of conversation if an Irish person is talking to someone from England?
It does however seem to dominate our news. I suppose we do have as much interest as the British as it will affect us one way or another, with higher prices and possibly customs’ posts springing up on the border.
I do have a fairly strong opinion on the matter myself – I just wish Ireland was going down the same route. My reasoning is much the same as the average Brexiteer, namely that I am strongly opposed to the EU, as some may have gathered? It has little to do with immigration and everything to do with sovereignty. I just do not like being dictated to by a bunch of unelected foreigners whose only interest seems to lie in ever increasing control. Unfortunately I’m in a minority, but live in hopes that Brexit may be the start of the end for the whole fucking edifice.
The question he poses in the title is a different matter.
What did happen to the Irish rebel spirit?
This is a question I have often pondered on. We meekly accept all these Bully State laws, and in particular the Anti-Smoker laws without so much as a whimper. There was little or no protest when the ban came in, and smokers just seemed to shrug, go outside and mutter to themselves. The attitude was one of “well, what can you do? It’s the law“.
Of course the ban has been in place now for nearly fifteen years so we are seeing a whole generation growing up who will accept the ban as part of normal life, never having seen anyone smoking in a pub or office. Kids are being brainwashed in school [I know because of the Grandkids] so smoking, once benign is now evil.
Why wasn’t there any response when the ban came in?
I just don’t know.