Now that's excellent tolerance
Published 26/07/2015 | 02:30
Maybe it's due to our geographic isolation. Maybe it's part of our nature, but we don't really do extremist politics in this country.
I have no idea whether Identity Ireland, the putative political party which tried to launch this week, are extremists or not. But that's only because their launch was stopped by those people who are definitely extremists - the anti-racist fascists who turned up to disrupt their meeting in a Dublin hotel.
To be honest, I don't really care for, or about, Identity Ireland's political views. Like most people, I would like to see their manifesto and then decide for myself whether I agree with them or think they're a bunch of idiots. That's called democracy, and the free market of ideas - people form a party and are either accepted or rejected by the people.
But the Anti Racism Network has no interest in democracy, and they consistently prove this whenever they shout down something they don't like, usually shrieking 'no free speech for fascists', seemingly ignorant of the fact that when you disrupt someone else's meeting and won't let them talk, then you're the fascist.
What are they afraid of? Are they worried people are too stupid to be allowed to make their own choices? Or do they realise that people have seen through their bullshit and don't swallow the multi-culti myth anymore?
Here's the million peso question - why are people on the Left so keen to shut people down? Surely their ideas are superior?
Honestly, a cynical soul would be forgiven for thinking that they don't debate the issue because they know they'll lose.