Friday 23 June 2017

Kevin Myers: The nihilists can only propel us back to the worst bits of the past, never the best things

Kevin Myers

It is utterly ludicrous that the first state visit by a British monarch to independent Ireland should only be taking place next month. The two polities each have a land border with just a single foreign state -- one another.

Yet instead of the natural exchange of pleasantries over a garden fence, over the decades we have behaved like Hatfields and McCoys, with suspicion, rancour, hatred and often a studied and deliberate misunderstanding.

This malicious incomprehension has been made easier by a British habit of remembering absolutely nothing, and an Irish memory that revels in the lore of injustice. Instead of balm and suasion, blood and steel did the talking.

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