Like the Citizen in Joyce's well-named Cyclops episode, extreme cultural nationalists have an inherently narrow field of vision. By extension, their ability to see their own hypocrisy must be similarly compromised.
While I had no problem with people protesting at Tory Blur’s Easons booksigning, on account of his invasion of Iraq and all the civilian deaths and chaos his actions caused, I did find it ironic to see the 32 County Sovereignty Movement were among the demonstrators.
The 32 CSM, remember, is the political wing of the Real IRA – the unreconstructed lumpen “republicans” who brought us the Omagh bombing, the atrocity that killed 29 innocent people going about their business in the town 12 years ago.
Despite their obsolete Marxist rhetoric, these people - and others on the on the so-called republican “left” - are as much about progressive politics and "freedom" as any far-right ultra nationalist grouping, and should be seen as such.
The only Real difference is that they are a lot more deadly and given to participating in wanton slaughter on a grand scale.
Just like Tony Blair.
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