Start waving (or burning) the flags
There'll only be one topic of conversation on people's lips in 2011, and that's the visit to Ireland of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Defender of the Faith, and Sovereign of the Most Honourable Order of the Garter and the Most Ancient and Noble Order of the Thistle. Or Mrs Windsor, as they call her with almost numinous childlike glee in Provo circles.
The Shinners certainly aren't going to relish the sight of thousands of Irish citizens happily lining the streets in greeting -- and when you put it like that, anything which makes Gerry Adams unhappy has to be a good thing. Besides, since the IMF and the Germans rolled into town, who could blame us for deciding that, if we do have to be ruled by foreigners for the foreseeable future, it might as well be ones who speak the same language.
Better the devil you know, and all that. (And yes, I do realise Lizzie's German too, but we won't mention it if she doesn't.)
The visit will do wonders for the economy, if nothing else. Even the anti-British protestors are going to need a steady supply of Union Jacks to burn. We should be setting up memorabilia-producing factories immediately.
After all, this visit will happen when Royalist sentiments are at fever pitch, what with the wedding of Prince William and The Commoner to look forward to as well.
How ironic then if it all happens in the wake of a left-wing surge at the general election that might well bring all the fanatical nationalists and socialists out of the woodwork to gain control of the Reichstag... sorry, I mean the Dail.
Here's hoping she gets a decent welcome. Still, if she's happily dealt with Prince Phillip for all those years, she'll cope anyway.
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