The Year of the Germans — last days of the Irish Apartheid
WHAT a quirky, inconsistent nation we are. We regard the French who landed in my native Mayo in 1798 as heroes — liberators. They arrived to bring us Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, and Madame la Guillotine, no doubt. The Year of the French and all that — they came in a spirit of altruism to rid us of the oppressive administration we laboured under, which was mercilessly milking most of Ireland’s people.
But now, when their neighbours, the Germans, are preparing to land and liberate us from another oppressive and parasitic administration, busy sucking us dry to keep itself insulated from economic reality — we’re told they’ll be worse than Cromwell — but worse for whom?
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