Tuesday 26 September 2017


• Mark Lawler and John Gallagher state that George Bernard Shaw was a true Irish colossus (Letters, June 2).

There's no doubting Shaw was a clever man, but he also had a soft spot for tyrants; he hailed Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini as the world's great 'progressive' leaders, because they 'did things', unlike the leaders of those 'putrefying corpses' called parliamentary democracies.

Arriving back following a visit to the Soviet Union in the 1930s, Shaw announced: "I've seen tomorrow and it works", and went on to robustly defend the Soviet regime, including its use of the secret police.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Don't Miss