Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Riotous Mr. Myers

Well, KM didn't exactly give us anything too fruity to get our bloggy juices going today, alas, choosing (instead) to steer a fairly predictable, but restrained, path through the wreckage of Saturday's riots.

The following snippet, however, was (reasonably) worthy of note:
Saturday's anti-Protestant riots cannot be taken in isolation, for they are a reminder that ours remains a deeply sectarian society. How else would the rioters know that the RTÉ journalist Charlie Bird was a Protestant, and accordingly beat the bejasus out of him?
Well obviously one shouldn't take the riots "in isolation" but then there are very few events/phenomena that one should take in isolation. It's hardly saying all that much to suggest that there is a wider issue/problem suggested by the thuggish shenanigans, but it may be overstating things a tad to suggest that we've witnessed definitive proof that Ireland "remains a deeply sectarian society".

The whole fiasco does, admittedly, suggest that mindless scanger idiots often have a tenuous (and ill-thought-out) affinity for hard-core Republicanism (and opportunist looting), but that's not exactly news to most of us. Does anyone seriously think they represent 'mainstream', 21st Century, Irish society any more than the BNP and football hooligans represent 'mainstream' British society? Surely not...

Well...maybe Kev does...