Saturday, 9 May 2009
I've just read an article by an Irish-American about the visit of Queen Elizabeth to Hillsborough, where she met the Irish rugby team. 'English Queen should not set foot in Republic of Ireland' the headline said. How refreshing - a commentator who isn't saying it's time in the name of reconciliation for HMQE2 to come to Dublin as soon as possible, thought I. In my naivety I assumed he was arguing against such a visit because Britain has 5,000 heavily-armed gunmen resident in the north of Ireland and because the north, contrary to the will of the Irish people, is ruled from London. Hah. The objection came from the fact that a Catholic can't ascend the British throne nor can a British monarch be married to a Catholic.Talk about getting worked up over the cat in the room and ignoring the gorilla.