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Eoghan Harris: Tribal loyalties of grey-beard loons and good ol' boys

Published 17/07/2011 | 05:00

Life is too complex to lay down rules. But a few principles hold up well under pressure. It pays to be suspicious of humbug, which Webster defines as "a spirit of pretense and deception".

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Last week, we had a lot of Irish humbug. Humbug about it not mattering how deputies dress in Dail Eireann. Humbug about the burning of tricolours on Twelfth bonfires. Humbug about how the Roman Catholic Church is finished in the Irish Republic.

Let me say hah to that. Humbug. Socialists take more care dressing down than people who put on suits. Naff nationalism is still in thrall to its MOPE (Most Oppressed People Ever) image. Mad Catholics are merely going through the motions of regret before resuming transmission.

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