Friday, 11 May 2012
The heading on the video is not mine, by the way - nor am I sure if it's in Cork or Limerick, as sources differ.
I had to think before posting this one, for fear of being seen as jumping on the anti-Traveller bandwagon, so to speak.
If you want to test the self-espoused liberal credentials of an Irish person, just say the word "Traveller". Watch their tolerance and understanding disappear in a volley of expletives through a foam-ringed mouth.
Not that there isn't anything to criticise in Traveller culture - there is. But there are a lot more things that annoy me to a far greater extent. If you read the blog at all, you'll know what they are.
I posted the video above as there is such a big fuss about it, on the airwaves and in the papers, at the moment. I think it is funny.
Funny in the "where else would you get it" sense, and funny in the sense that - apart from the pathetic Keystone Cops bit at the start with the Garda patrol car weaving ineffectually - our brave boys and girls in blue are keeping a very low profile indeed.
It seems they are adapting Falstaff's philosophy:
"The better part of valour is discretion, in the which better part I have sav'd my life."
And to think that I know someone who is having sleepless nights for going 5 km over the speed limit on the Dublin quays in the vicinity of a sneaky Garda speed camera van.
That's more their style.
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Posted by The Gombeen Man at Friday, May 11, 2012