Sunday 17 March 2019 by Gary Stanton

Irish demonstrate once again how to do patriotism without turning it into something shit


St Patrick's Day celebrations in ireland

Irish people the world over have once again how to be truly patriotic without so much as a deckchair being thrown at a Frenchman in anger.

With the arrival of St Patrick’s Day, the planet’s streets, avenues and boulevards turned into a blaze of green and people from all walks of life came together in a joyous celebration of national identity in which everyone was welcome, whether they be Christian, Muslim, Jew, Hindu, Atheist or Don’t Knows.

And in a display of unity, landmarks such as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and Manchester’s Arndale Centre turned green for a day, making them a good deal easier to locate for anyone bursting for a piss.

Meanwhile, other so-called “patriots” powered up their broadband routers and took to online forums to call for more attacks against their Muslim brothers and sisters, neighbours and friends.

Honorary Irishman for a day, Simon O’ Williams, said, “Patriotism is not applying for a job as Home Secretary and then using it to send a van into a multi-ethnic community telling foreigners to fuck off back where they came from, while drinking a pint of Guinness.

“Likewise, it does not mean satisfying zealots in your own party by deporting Jamaicans who’ve lived here all their lives and given everything they’ve got to this damp, windswept nation.

“Nor is it trashing town centres and singing songs about ten German bombers while your team loses on penalties.

“True patriotism comes from an understanding that whether you fucking well like it or not, you are a citizen of this beautifully imperfect world and that taking pride in your roots need not come at the expense of your common humanity.

“Er.. so it does.”

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