Tuesday 6 December 2016

Our royal resentment just childish

The Queen's visit is a chance for us to show that we are over our old hang-ups, writes Louis Jacob

Published 03/04/2011 | 05:00

IT WILL be a sad day for our republic if the Queen of England isn't afforded the respect she deserves as a foreign head of state when she visits Ireland next month. It should be an historic event, that brings to a close years of problems.

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As a people, we need to do ourselves a huge favour and get over this anti-British stuff once and for all. There are two reasons for this. First, it's unhealthy and stunts our ability to develop as a people to be taken seriously. Second, it's totally and utterly boring.

I have some perspective on this from living in Poland for the last few years. Poland's history bears quite a few similarities to our own. When I speak to young Polish people, I sometimes encounter those who carry negative (often hateful) feelings toward Germany and/or Russia. When these feelings are articulated, I feel the need to leave the room immediately.

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