So one of the principal figures in the incestuous gang-bang that is modern Irish journalism has handed over the reins to her successor as Anne Harris, current editor of the Sunday Independent newspaper, one-time deputy-editor and second wife of the late Sunday Independent editor Aengus Fanning (father of regular Sunday Independent writers Dion and Evan Fanning), former wife of long-standing Sunday Independent columnist Eoghan Harris and mother of Sunday Independent journo Constance Harris (daughter of Eoghan), retires from her position as Ireland’s most feared media head. And what words of wit and sagacity does the doyen of Independent House leave us with as she heads off into the sunset? From Harris’ last editorial:
“The Sunday Independent has consistently warned the Coalition that a gathering existential crisis of faith was poised to rock the very foundations of the State. If the current spectacle, in which a hated government is reduced to seeing out its lease without any prospect of renewal, was the sole consequence of our crony coalition’s moral inertia, this would be a small thing. Such, however, is the level of alienation today, we are moving towards the objective conditions required for the creation of a fascist state.”
Yes, of course we are. If your objective reality was filtered through the sort of partisan prism of ideological cultism that would make even the most fanatical Fox News host think twice. However there is more.
“Hopefully a new politics driven by independent iconoclasts may avert such a scenario. The Independent tide has certainly shaken the strut of Mr Adams and Mary Lou. That is no bad thing, for while we are a state governed by Pharisees, Sinn Fein consists of false, Haughey-style prophets. Happily, helped by the British parliamentary tradition, this is a state where though the mill of democracy may grind slowly, it also grinds exceeding small.”
That would be the British parliamentary system that denied our island people their democratic rights for centuries, that relegated them to the status of a colonised nation, that took up arms against our electoral wishes for independence at the start of the 20th century, and that makes use of such bizarre anachronisms as first-past-the-post and a legislative upper house whose membership is largely based on whose great-great-great-grandfather impregnated whose ancestral cousin? Though given the political loyalties and alleged system of familial patronage in the “Sindo” perhaps such things seem not so unfamiliar.
Meanwhile from another orifice of the human centipede that forms the pulsating body of the Irish media group-think comes this dollop of intellectual effluent via regular opinion writer Eilis O’Hanlon:
“The IRA committed some of the worst atrocities in the history of this island…”
Really? Some of the worse atrocities in the entire history of our island nation? Sometimes when one peers into the axis of INM newspapers it is hard to know where the hyperbole ends and the politically-dictated myopia begins.