Punch Up At The Barbers

I am reading the novel that my good friend JM took as his name for his blog: Jaybercow. It is about a young boy who ends up going for the Christian ministry but isn’t sure if his reasoning is right. Its about a whole lot more than that but that alone should be enough to scare the bejesus out of me.

Maybe my next Triplux list can include modifying our house so it looks like a black hole.

As our neighbours Britain quickly become the most heavily surveillanced population in the world as they fight against something called “terrorism” (cos the world experts on imperialism didn’t know what that was until 2001?!), I found this Australian video that my security expert and amateur classicist friend C sent me pretty hilarious.

Your Correspondent, Walked into the jaws of hell

4 Responses to “Punch Up At The Barbers”

  1. Hobo says:

    Of course one would not wish to forget that the experts in the colonial service were all Irish 😉

  2. zoomtard says:

    Maybe it was Stockholm Syndrome? 🙂

    But I prefer to take the angle that it was just one more level in the dehumanising strategy of the imperialists- to implicate one set of victims in extending the Empire as the Irish victims are set the task of victimising.

    (Its amazing how robust the anti-imperialist chip that sits on my shoulder is!)

  3. Hobo says:

    Indeed but Ireland was not quite an imperial conquest was it? The Anglo-Norman invasion was led by Richard de Clare who of course was an Norman Welshman if anything. The Normans themselves had only conquered England less than 100 years previously. Thereafter England, took a very hands off approach to Ireland until the Reformation. It was after the Reformation that the attempts to pacify Ireland to Anglicanism (pah) took hold. Of course this held true to Roman Catholics who were in England as well – they seem to have simply given up alot easier (lightweight lot that they are). Of course if you were an Anglican Irishman you did very well out of Britain – famous examples would be the Guinnesses and the Duke of Wellington – who despite popular belief did not say that famous quote, though he was not fond of his heritage.

    The Emancipation of Catholics (and indeed dissenters) following the repulsion of the Penal Laws somewhat coincided with what you might actually call imperialism, the scramble for worldwide empire. Both Irish Protestants and Catholics faired quite well as leaders of the colonial service. Roger Casement for example served in the British colonial service and was the author of the Casement report on Congo. Irish people were particularly prominent in the Imperial service of India. Irishmen had been deeply involved in the establishment and consolidation of British rule there. The Raj being the jewel in the Crown of the British Empire was the centre of the premier colonial administration corps. Tells you something.

    Whilst the above is just a selection, and indeed there is vast selections to portray Ireland as both oppressed and a British oppressor it is important to note that the Irish peasantry on the whole were not in particularly bad shape (laying the famine aside of course) in comparison with the peasantry of any other region of Europe. An interesting aside would be to note that per head of population Irish people had more representation in Westminster than English, Scottish or Welsh people – not taxation without representation and all that, eh? 😕

  4. zoomtard says:

    I think Ireland was occupied in the 1100s because of a union between the Earl of Leinster and the Normans. Before that though Vikings settled colonies and before that Celts claimed the land so should we just count it all as lost and agree to forget about the historical problems? I agree that Strongbow’s victory at Waterford was not the beginning of the British imperialist domination of Ireland. It was the start of a new volume that preceeded ideas of Britishness and indeed imperialism by centuries.

    There are scarred ruins of castles down here in my beautiful town from the Fitzgerald rebellion in the 1500s. Even then, I think you’d be straying into Let-The-Freebird-Fly-Fantasy to talk about imperialism at that point.

    While Irishmen served in the British services and committed crimes of their own against humanity, I still feel a need to stand against the weird confluence of Daily Mail readers and Irish Times readers (the only two groups of people God doesn’t love) as we seek to revise Irish history so that it is a little less irritatingly bloody. Regardless of whether Irish peasantry was doing better than the colonised peasantry of Finland or Slovakia (once you exclude the FAMINE!!! 🙂 ), the crime at the root of imperialism is not economic. It is much more basic than that.

    Men should be free to determine the course of their own lives. Nations of people should not be corralled to the service (slavery) of a more powerful majority. If Ireland had never undergone the famine or the brutal repression of our religious freedom or the systematic destruction of our language (shall I go on?), we’d still need to remember our history as a colonised nation. Do you think Finland shouldn’t?

    I am off to throw darts at a picture of Queen Victoria and then declare my heritage by eating a bowl full of white pudding… 😉