Monday, May 16, 2011

Effigy of the Queen beheaded in Dublin

Tomorrow, Her Majesty the Queen begins a truly historic visit to the Republic of Ireland. For many, it marks not so much the beginning of a new era, but the symbolic concurrence of the normalisation of two states' relations. Not everyone is happy, of course, for this is Ireland, where sectarian divisions run thicker than blood; where some still talk of the potato famine as though it were yesterday; where Oliver Cromwell is demon from the pit of hell; and where some still view the British Monarch as 'a legitimate target' (to use Gerry Adams' words).

This mock execution was staged by Éirígí - an Irish Republican group - protesting at the visit of 'Elizabeth Windsor'. Gerry Adams would doubtless approve, as he has called for 'peaceful protest', which is very gracious of him and more than he was prepared to show Prince Philip's uncle, Lord Louis Mountbatten. A few months ago, Mr Adams was of the view that the visit was 'inadvisable and premature'. But then he was elected to the Dáil, discovered there was widespread support for the visit, and his outright opposition mutated to long-winded waffle about reconciliation. Not for him, of course: he has made it clear that he will not be attending any dinners or functions, which must make Her Majesty feel a little safer. It would have been difficult for her having to shake hands with the man who murdered your husband's uncle.

Noting that Her Majesty has 'legacy issues', Gerry Adams will be passing the next few days peacefully celebrating republicanism. The antipathy of Sinn Féin to the Crown is, of course, wound up with a few centuries of religio-political angst with all the old Protestant/Catholic and Pope/Parliament themes interspersed with inter alia Fitzgeralds versus Butlers; Raleigh’s incursions; the slaughter of Smerwick; and the inconvenience of internment. This is what Mr Adams means by 'legacy issues'.

His own legacy, of course, is not in question. He didn't attend this mock trial and execution in Dublin, but it would doubtless have delighted him. Some 12 charges were read out, ranging from the Great Famine to the execution of the rebels from 1916 to Afghanistan.

Her Majesty was, of course, found guilty by the jury (which comprised all those fair-minded and impartial folk in attendance), and was sentenced to be guillotined (Éirígí aren't too strong on any history beyond the Irish Sea). This re-enactment of the French Revolution was staged outside Dublin's iconic GPO building, the site of the 1916 Easter Rising and where the proclamation of the Irish Republic was read out.

You might think, with certain Islamist groups around the world choosing beheading as the fitting end for all kuffar, that Irish Republicans might be a little more sensitive in their symbolism. The sight of a young boy, about 10 years old, holding aloft the head of the Queen is as abhorrent as the induction into murder and the brainwashing of any child into patterns of hatred: if it is wrong in Gaza, it must be wrong in Dublin. Unionists are right to label this an 'incitement to hatred': no doubt therein dissident Republican groups will find succour for their continuing anti-British terrorist cause.


Blogger Timothy Belmont said...

Your Grace

I've always had misgivings about Her Majesty's visit to Eire, not least doe to concern for HM's safety and security.

And how can the Irish afford the huge security cost of the four-day operation, at any rate? Is the EU coughing up for it?

16 May 2011 at 10:09  
Anonymous i albion said...

Right the Queen should not have been advised to go ,
I think the English taxpayer will be paying for the security, we pay for about everything else.

16 May 2011 at 10:13  
Blogger Archbishop Cranmer said...

Mr Timothy Belmont,

No, we are: Dublin will see armed British police on their streets (there's irony), and it will all be at the expense of the British taxpayer. But His Grace has no problem with that: the safety and security of Her Majesty are paramount.

16 May 2011 at 10:14  
Blogger tangentreality said...

I wonder if the Garda will be arresting them for inciting hatred, assuming they have such an offence in the Republic?

16 May 2011 at 10:14  
Anonymous tory boys never grow up said...

I'm afraid hatred and intolerance take rather a long time to wash out of a country's psyche - if you don't believe me go to the Lewes bonfire procession or a Rangers vs Celtic football match. Perhaps the best way of dealing with it is not to respond with the same - and to behave in a civil and neighbourly manner.

16 May 2011 at 10:21  
Anonymous graham wood said...

Since the Irish banking fiasco we now know what the true "imperial" power in Eire is - not the British Crown but the EU/IMF tyranny for which the Irish are paying very dearly.

The garroted heads of Barrosso and his sidekick Brian Cowen would be far more appropriate.
But then, Barrosso and all EU personnel have complete immunity from national civil law and due process whilst in office and undertaking EU policy in member states.

16 May 2011 at 10:21  
Anonymous MrJ said...

Whatever the Irish Question may have been, is or will be there is no question that The Queen is noble, gracious and brave (with no little help from Prince Philip).

16 May 2011 at 10:23  
Blogger robertatforsythe said...

i have to agree with all you say. I am a strange sort of Unionist with a grandfather born in Carrickfergus and a grandmother born in Dublin. Our mutual interests are far too strong for the British Isles to be divided and should it have saved the union I would have moved the capital to Liverpool to have made the point.

16 May 2011 at 10:33  
Blogger EuropeSilver said...

Irish and Catholic-Roman, I am sorry that this mock execution was carried out. It certainly does not represent the majority opinion here in The Republic. In fact at Mass this morning we prayed for the success of her visit.

16 May 2011 at 10:40  
Anonymous bluedog said...

Your Grace, the courage of the Royal Family is extraordinary. This communicant found it remarkable tha Prince William and his bride could happily drive through the streets in an open landau given that every Islamo- nutter in the land threatened death. Fortunately the wedding was before the summary execution of Bin Laden.

We should pray for Her Majesty's safety in Ireland, the risks are self evident. If the visit goes off well it could be one of those catalytic events that brings lasting benefit. A game-changer in the modern idiom.

Agreed Mr Robert Forsyth @ 10.23. Liverpool is the logical capital for a Federation of the British Isles. If such an entity emerges, may it do so free from the clutches of the EU debacle.

16 May 2011 at 12:06  
Anonymous Oswin said...

If some of the Irish persist in their need for an enemy, let them look to Islam.

16 May 2011 at 12:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Irish are worse than the Muslims. What is this Diddicoys Against Crusades?

16 May 2011 at 12:21  
Anonymous Oswin said...

Anonymous - nothing and no one is worse than Islam!

16 May 2011 at 12:24  
Anonymous malvoisin said...

Why all the worry for a traitor? The queen has broken her coronation oath and betrayed this country 5 times, I am still surprised that people have not realised this.

16 May 2011 at 13:54  
Blogger Gnostic said...

Cheer up, they'll eventually get around to working out who the real current enemy of Ireland is by decapitating Von Rumpy Pumpy. Somewhere around 2411 by my reckoning...

16 May 2011 at 13:57  
Blogger SmashingtheCrew said...

The British will not be paying for security during the State visit. There will of course be some British security presence, but very limited.

16 May 2011 at 14:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not very happen with what's going on in Ireland at the moment. The gardaí have but a ring of steel around certain parts of Dublin. Ordinary citizens are being pulled in left, right and centre and searched and asked very probing questions.

I have a friend living in Dublin and the cops came knocking on his and his neighbours door wanting his name, DOB and his personal political views.

Sounds all very Stasi to me.


16 May 2011 at 14:30  
Anonymous John Thomas said...

Nothing is more ridculous than Irish nationalism being anti-British. If only they realised (had realised 10+ years ago) that we are all part of the empire of Brussels now. As for the EU buying up and selling up what remained of the independent Ireland (as happened not long ago) that could rightly be dubbed "The Black & Tans' Revenge".

16 May 2011 at 14:31  
Blogger Gnostic said...

@ Anon. 14.30

It's the same thing that people living in towns hosting political conferences have suffered since the Brighton bombing. It was a Tony Blair conference year and I'd picked my very elderly (and sadly late) gran up from hospital and had parked my car outside my mother's house where Gran would be recuperating. The house was situated a few streets away from the Imperial Hotel where many delegates were staying and her street had been "coned" off as a no parking zone. Several weeks before everyone had been quizzed about their identities and political views. I was helping my gran up a very steep set of steps to the front door. Two plain clothes idiots hove into view and demanded I shift my car RIGHT THEN. I refused and informed them that I was going about my lawful business and if they wanted to arrest me for not abandoning an old lady in her nineties on a steep set of steps she couldn't climb without help I'd be contacting the national dailies right after I put the phone down on my solicitor.

They buggered off after ungraciously allowing me time to complete my task. The two strapping blokes, who thought that I, a middle aged female, could be easily cowed didn't offer to assist even though they could see I was stuggling. Perhaps they thought that there might be a terrorist bomb hidden in Gran's denture box.

16 May 2011 at 14:54  
Blogger English Viking said...

But what more would you expect from dirty, ginger Micks?

The sooner someone shoots Adams in the face, the better.

Give me the gun, I'll do it.

16 May 2011 at 15:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes it embarrasses me to have any Irish blood at all.

16 May 2011 at 15:46  
Blogger Owl said...

Oh dear, you've done it again YG.

Virtually no one had even heard of the Éirígí party before and now you have given them some free PR.

Implying that this group are in anyway representitive of the Irish people is about the same as suggesting that the Millwall hooligans, at a needle match against Chelsea, are representative of the English people.

Your statement:
"Unionists are right to label this an 'incitement to hatred': no doubt therein dissident Republican groups will find succour for their continuing anti-British terrorist cause"

is so far off the mark that it is almost humourous.

A brief reflection on the histories of Celtic and Rangers will clear things up in your mind.

If ever your ashes do get blown across the Irish sea, you may have a pleasant surprise. The hatred which you seem to expound, does not exist.

By the way, this group are just another brainwashed socialist/communist group hiding behind a republican mask. They probably got their grounding at the LSE.

16 May 2011 at 15:53  
Anonymous martin sewell said...

I recall that Eamon De Valera was the only Neutral Head of State to officially send condolences to Nazi Germany on hearing the death of Hitler. The contrast tells us all we need to know about Irish Republicans.

16 May 2011 at 16:44  
Anonymous Bede said...

Federation of The British Isles? Surely the capital (for ceremonial purposes only) should be the Isle of Man.

16 May 2011 at 16:50  
Anonymous Tony B said...

It's interesting you single out the Queens husbands uncles death, while forgetting or glossing over bloody sunday, etc. Not that this is anything other than grotesque, mind you

16 May 2011 at 17:28  
Blogger Owl said...


No. It may tell you something about De Valera but that's all.

16 May 2011 at 17:29  
Anonymous len said...

Children indoctrinated into hatred must surely be one of the worst indictments of our Civilisation.
Whether they be Palestinian, or Irish, or whatever Nationality,this is the breeding ground for continued violence.
Our youth have been conditioned to violence and these public 'exhibitions' only confirm that fact.

16 May 2011 at 17:52  
Anonymous John Magee said...

These animals gleefully do this to HM in Dublin yet the Irish in the South have been running to England to get jobs for the past 150 years. The IRA have taken money and weapons from every thug on earth including Hilter and Ghadaffi as well as from Irish half wits in the USA, Canada, and Australia and the IRA used this blood money to kill innocent people in England . If anything happens to HM during her visit to Eire I hope these scum who held this mock execution of her are discovered by Bristish Commandos and shot. These morons should be burning the Koran and worried about Muslims invading their "sacred" island today by immigration than their insane and obsessive hatred from the past which gives meaning to their alcohol and drug filled lives.

16 May 2011 at 18:04  
Anonymous Dreadnaught said...

Hey Viking dude - Chill man! - where d'ya think they got the Red hair in the first place - chortle.

Eric the Red: Explorer -
Eric the Red: Explorer. Eric the Red (950?-1003 or 1004?) was a Viking explorer who was the first European in Greenland. He sailed from Iceland in 982 and ...

16 May 2011 at 18:12  
Blogger Lakester91 said...

Your Grace,

You bring up the old Irish grievance about Cromwell and his tyranny as a dead argument, yet you rather often refer to the execution of Archbishop Cranmer (amongst other historical arguments against or for various things). I am in no way a supporter of radical Irish nationalism, but neither am I a great supporter of hypocrisy.

Perhaps dismissing the violence and hatred, whilst acknowledging the grievance would be more productive.

16 May 2011 at 19:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lot of people are upset with the searching of their homes. Those that support it, trot out the old fallacy of 'nothing to fear, nothing to hide'

Does this happen in the UK, when the Queen comes calling?


16 May 2011 at 20:10  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

It's just a publicity stunt like with those poppy burning tossers. At least, unlike the poppy burners, it was done in a reasonable place and at a reasonable time.

16 May 2011 at 20:11  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

Damo: "Lot of people are upset with the searching of their homes. Those that support it, trot out the old fallacy of 'nothing to fear, nothing to hide'"

I can understand why people are upset.

16 May 2011 at 20:17  
Anonymous bluedog said...

Mr Bede @ 1650, as the owner of a 1934 Norton I have a soft spot for the Isle of Man. However one must be realistic, and the garden city of Liverpool trumps IOM as a geographically central location for a new British capital.

Judging by a later post by His Grace, this whole idea is anathema.

16 May 2011 at 21:14  
Anonymous not a machine said...

I would have thought that the inherent freedoms of a well run economy would have proved to be of more emotion that a visit by the Queen.

If those people really wish to return and subject everyone to the bloody struggle that I saw only part of ,growing up then it is sad state of affairs.
The pause in the intrenched anger has shown us all why peace has blessing ,it is time we all had somthing better to do than lie that this struggle has done little more than caused hatred and tears ,in christian countries.

We must move on, be friends remember the waste of life as honour to the future . Christian on christian/innocent is surely a grevious sin ,no matter whose anger/pride let off the first rounds. we can/must do better if we truly love christ and he is our lord.

16 May 2011 at 21:26  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Whoever had the idea to send HM to Eire must be even nuttier than the average placeman in our punch and judy show (gov't). These euro puppets impose their ignorance on our Archipelago, and then bring down the iron boot to enforce compliance with their nonsense! And whose iron boot is it? Who gets the blame for it?
Not the euSSR, obviously.

Otherwise, on the Royal Family, I agree with bluedog at 12:06.

wv: taterdri [[right --- same ones who take the blame for every potato blight!]]

17 May 2011 at 00:09  
Anonymous Rob said...

When God speaks human discussion is over.

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Romans 12:17-21

17 May 2011 at 07:58  
Anonymous Gordo said...

They have no problem with the Queen's head on banknotes when they are getting their handouts.

17 May 2011 at 09:21  
Anonymous Dreadnaught said...

as the owner of a 1934 Norton ...DROOOOOOOOL!

17 May 2011 at 10:45  
Blogger Manfarang said...

" must be wrong in Dublin. Unionists are right to label this an 'incitement to hatred': no doubt therein dissident Republican groups will find succour for their continuing anti-British terrorist cause."
In Dublin there aren't any Unionists and the dissident republicans are mostly in British territory in the North.
This group in the picture are a small group and they don't represent the views of most Irish people.

17 May 2011 at 11:08  

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