Macron’s government has expelled hundreds of Muslims from France, placed controls on Mosques and banned the Collective Against Islamophobia. Islamophobia is being whipped up in parallel with increased economic attacks on the population, which follow on from France’s policy not being to eliminate Covid-19.
The British government has announced that it will not call a public inquiry into the assassination of Pat Finucane.
The facts of the case and many more like it are well known; British security forces in Ireland established, armed, staffed and funded Loyalist death squads.
After three years in office Macron’s reputations is damaged, due to his management of the Gilets Jaunes protests, pension reforms, the COVID pandemic, and his authoritarian stance. He has turned to a witch-hunt against Muslims and anyone fighting Islamophobia in advance of the 2022 presidential elections.
Gavin Williamson says that the government is following the Danish approach in re-opening the schools. Re-opening schools now would be the wrong lesson to draw.
In 1916 the Easter Rising represented the resumption of the struggle for Irish freedom. The decision in 1914 of the Irish National Volunteers and the Irish Parliamentary Party to support the British government in the inter-imperialist war effectively subsumed the national movement. By 1916 hopes for an early victory by either side in the war had disappeared. It was time to reclaim hope for Ireland at home, from its slaughter overseas.
Sinn Féin recorded a stunning advance in the latest Irish general election, topping the poll with 24.5%. The two dominant parties since partition, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil could only muster 43.1% between them, their worst combined showing in the history of the state.