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Feckers: 50 People Who Fecked Up Ireland – John Waters)

December 31, 2016

fiJohn Waters reveals the self-delusion, bravado, cynicism and conceit of Louis Walsh, Bono, Ian Paisley, Pope John Paul II and many other famous and infamous Irish men and women.

I was particularly interested to read that the Christian Brothers did so much to raised educational standards. Although they are famous for their beating – and one of hem paused mid beat for the angelus – many of them wrote against corporal punishment long before the time when it was fashionable to argue thus.

One bishop was scandalised to earn, from the Late Late Show, that a women didn’t wear a nightie to bed on her honeymoon.

Gerry dams railed against bishops who covered up child abuse whilst covering up some about which he knew himself.

Bono and U2 didn’t lic up tro their ideals in their music.

Louis Walsh degraded music with his mediocre boybands.

Tony Blair, half Irish, should have been a rock star but he didn’t make it. Instead, stole Gordon Brown’s ideas. He had ‘charismatic vacuity’.

Much better than the biased book about Britain by Quintin Letts (though this author doesn’t like equality legislation and he is down on bloggers.)

There are too many split infinitives.

I had to look up ‘ocras’ = hunger.

Quotations:

name and shame the great, the good and the gobshites.

“Perhaps something most people in Ireland can agree upon … is that the undoing of national independence probably began with its genesis in the Easter Week of 1916.”

“Bishop Eamon Casey’s ‘sins’, or at least the ones he was punished for, suggest themselves as the flaws of a good man. He had knocked up an American woman, Annie Murphy, who had given birth in 1974 to a boy called Peter. All things considered, he was a high-class of sinner.”

“All this had a gruesome effect on the stomach of modern Ireland.”

“elevated the mother to the status of put-upon Madonna, and reduced the father to … a brooding menace”.

“a crude act of social engineering … effected by the Catholic Church for the purpose of controlling the somewhat licentious appetites of the Irish and preventing a repetition of the calamity that their libertine habits had caused to befall them”.

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