A further display of idiotic, post-imperial amnesia by our neighbours across the Irish Sea in this report from The Journal.ie:
“ANOTHER AWARDS NOMINATION announcement, another hames made of calling Irish people ‘British’.
This time it’s the London Film Critics Circle, who’ve got together in their circle and decided that Saoirse Ronan, Colin Farrell and Michael Fassbender are all British.
Irish-born, Canada-living Emma Donoghue was also nominated as “Breakthrough British Filmmaker of the Year” for Room (she wrote the novel and the screenplay).
Brooklyn was also referred to as a ‘British’ film.”
Which reminds me of this recent offering from Simon Reeve, a well-known British travel journalist, discussing his BBC documentary on Ireland in the Radio Times magazine:
“The only bit of bitterness or anger I experienced was when a riot kicked off in Belfast and we were amongst loyalists. Some older ladies tried to cover up the lens with a Union flag scarf. That really pissed me off, frankly – the idea that they would use our national symbol to try and prevent us from filming in our own country, on our own island.”
There is an old joke among historians. The British complain that the Irish always remember their history. To which the Irish reply: that is because the British keep forgetting it! It seems that we could apply the same aphorism to geography and politics too. So, just for the good folk of the United Kingdom, here is a handy guide to remind them of the contemporary situation between the two outermost nation-states of north-western Europe. Honestly, I couldn’t make it any simpler.