Why the Left has no right to celebrate fall of Berlin Wall
There has been something just a tad galling about some of the coverage of the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this past fortnight. You would think, to judge from the coverage, that opposition to Eastern European communism was uniform throughout the Western world, including Ireland, when it was anything but.
In fact, many politicians, many commentators, and many academics were actively sympathetic towards the Soviet Union when it was still in existence. In this country, that included just about everyone in the old Workers Party.
Even the soft Left was ambiguous about communism. They didn't like some of the things done in its name -- the mass killing was slightly embarrassing -- but they quite liked its egalitarian ideals.