NOVEM­BER

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - LOOKING BACK -

It’s funny to think that at the start of 2016, prob­a­bly the thing we were most wor­ried about here, was whether the 1916 racket might get out of hand and de­liver a new gen­er­a­tion to the IRA. It was Ir­ish na­tion­al­ism we feared, and we should still fear it very much, it’s just that at the mo­ment it seems that there’s a lot more to fear from Bri­tish na­tion­al­ism and Amer­i­can na­tion­al­ism — and a few other na­tion­alisms that are knock­ing around, wait­ing for their mo­ment.

Na­tion­al­ism, as we have noted in hap­pier times, is ee­jitry taken to such ex­tremes that it be­comes a form of evil. And since we have be­come con­nois­seurs of it in this coun­try, we have a good eye for it when we see it in oth­ers. How­ever, but still we did not ex­pect that Britain and Amer­ica would fall to the ee­jits, we tend to re­gard it as the sort of thing that hap­pens in poor un­for­tu­nate coun­tries where they can never catch a break.

But they elected Trump, of their own free will, and soon he was talk­ing about two mil­lion or three mil­lion be­ing de­ported — ball­park fig­ures, to be sure, mind­ful of the fact that, say, six mil­lion might have sent out the wrong sig­nals.

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