Ireland Can Show Scotland the Way

15 Feb

Random Public Journal

By Jason Michael

THIS IS NOT ABOUT POKING the Scottish National Party or the independence movement, rather it is quite the opposite. The truth of the matter is that Sinn Féin – whatever we think of it and the dark and painful history of political violence in Ireland – has been at this exact game far longer than the SNP. The struggle for Irish freedom has been, from its beginning, a struggle against a Britain unmasked of its pretence to civility and democracy. With England’s absolute refusal to negotiate with Ireland, every single attempt made by the people of Ireland to liberate themselves from British rule was met with the same hammer blow of executions, exiles, reprisals, and brutal repressions. The rebellions of 1798, 1803, 1848 – “the Famine Rebellion,” 1867, and the Easter Rising of 1916 followed the same pattern: A demand for liberty, a British refusal, an…

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