Editorial

Saturday 12 July 2014

Puppetmasters are cutting the strings

Published 04/11/2012|08:23

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Tom Lehrer famously observed 'satire became obsolete when Henry Kissinger was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize'. The Kafkaesque state we exist in has experienced no shortage of Lehrer moments but few surpass the spectacle of the removal of a large puppet of Sean FitzPatrick from a musical about Anglo Irish Bank. In a measure of the current state of Irish law the DPP acted entirely properly, but do not blame us for casting our minds back to the 1959 furore over The Rose Tattoo, when an actor simulated the dropping of a contraceptive on the floor, and wondering in the wake of this debacle if freedom of thought in this State has advanced one iota since.

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