Author showed a serious lack of self awareness in his criticism of Irish nationalism

A letter from Jaime Hyland:

Friday, 16th April 2021, 6:30 am
Letter to the editor

It is hard to see much more than desperate and ill-veiled chauvinism in Philip Wilson’s use (April 14, see link below) of a formerly valid argument now well beyond its sell-by date (ie the undeniable and shameful history of uncritical acceptance of theological power in the Republic of Ireland in the past).

Mr Wilson’s words reek of a serious lack of self-awareness.

He suggests that the almost universal approval of the EU in the south is based on a quasi-theological commitment similar to the old attachment to the Roman Catholic Church, clearly implying that southerners are somehow especially prone to religious and quasi-religious irrationality.

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Of course he does not apply a similar optic to his own loyalties and emotional attachments.

There is much besides wrong with the attitudes displayed in Mr Wilson’s piece, but this example of self-serving nonsense is enough to be getting on with.

Jaime Hyland, Berlin, Germany

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