Shadows of 1912 as Britain weighs a possible U-turn on the Northern Ireland Protocol

The dispute over the Northern Ireland Protocol has its origins in the actions of Andrew Bonar Law, leader of the Conservative Party, which was in opposition at Westminster in 1912.

At the time, Bonar Law was viewed as a supporter of the civil war when he opposed an act by the London Parliament granting self-government to the island of Ireland, with Dublin as its capital.

When Bonar Law said he would support threats of civil war and added that “there are stronger things than parliamentary majorities,” these statements must be understood in their historical context.

The attitude he expressed meant that the island’s political unity could not be maintained. Island-wide self-government with a parliament in Dublin was passed by what was then the most powerful parliament in the world.

It was not implemented and instead a limit was imposed under the threat of civil war, which was backed by the opposition leader in this parliament. This led to violence and division that has continued on this island ever since.

Perhaps there is no better way to put it in historical context than to quote that Irish times Editorial of August 17, 1912.

“Let us even call on Mr. Bonar Law to plead guilty to the charge of incitement to treason… that he forfeited his right to be a responsible leader of a constitutional party.”

With the present Parliament in London planning to reverse its own agreement on the Northern Ireland Protocol, we are back where Bonar Law was in 1912.

Anthony Leavey

Sutton, Dublin 1

We helped make Qatar filthy rich, with dire consequences

Ninety years ago the people of Arabia lived a life relatively unchanged for hundreds of years. They had tents for shelter and hospitality. They used camels for transportation and tended goats. They traded in harvested dates and coffee.

They lived this life in the harshest of environments. The women made sumptuous tents and sumptuous textiles from goats’ hair by spinning and weaving in the time-honoured way.

In Qatar, pearl fishers were a basis of the economy. Their society was based on family, faith and hospitality. Their existence required courage, integrity, loyalty and the sharing of limited resources.

Then they discovered oil. They had little use for it, but we had a lot of use for it. We wanted it to fuel our consumer desire for endless growth and ever-increasing convenience, luxury and indulgence.

In the process, we have ruthlessly and tragically made them rich. Since then they have been dealing with the consequences. It has undermined their way of life, their culture and their peace of mind.

An example of our pursuit of unbridled wealth is the corruption of football through obscene sums of money and bribery aided and abetted by pundits, journalists, agents, television, media giants and literally anyone who can make money from it.

The chorus of preachers using the World Cup in Qatar to demonstrate their liberal and human rights credentials would do well to reflect on history and less indulge in moral superiority and pious incantation.

Kevin Byrn

New Ross, Co. Wexford

We must commemorate the dead in our limited window of life

Monday’s editorial was interesting to read (“A time to remember those who have gone before us”, Irish IndependentOctober 31).

It reminded us of our brief stay on the planet and how to commemorate our dead. It states that death is a leveler and makes us all equal before it. We are reminded of James Shirley’s poem Death the levelerwhich gave us the famous phrase: “The scepter and crown must fall.”

There’s no harm in remembering that we are just travelers on life’s platform, waiting for our train to arrive.

Leo Gormley

Dundalk, Co. Louth

The Greens are not doing themselves any favors by keeping live cribs

The willing support of rural Ireland and the farming community in particular is vital for the Green Party to achieve its crucial and affirmed green agenda.

There has been much heated debate about selling and giving away lawns. This reached boiling point last summer. We have also seen the idea of ​​reintroducing wolves to the land being dropped. Now the Lord Mayor of Dublin has decided to cancel the traditional live nativity scene at Mansion House.

The above points have to some extent damaged rural Ireland’s confidence in green politics. The removal of the living crib hampers the rural-urban relationship by ending the opportunity for city children to observe and appreciate farm animals.

Michael Gannon

St Thomas Square, County Kilkenny Shadows of 1912 as Britain weighs a possible U-turn on the Northern Ireland Protocol

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