Ignorant and crass: Maybe the Tories really are that stupid

Conservative MP Boris Johnson thinks the border is irrelevant because so few people use it. Picture: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

It’s as if they learned everything they know about Ireland from comic books when they were eight, writes Fergus Finlay

MAYBE we should forgive and forget the crass stupidity of some British politicians (and some of their media) when it comes to the Irish. Perhaps we misunderstand them too.

After all, I was raised on Hurree Jamset Ram Singh. He and Harry Wharton — Wharton of the Remove — were among my heroes. They were models of young English gentlemen, able to take a flogging when they had displeased their form master, Mr Quelch, and laugh it off with scorn.

I didn’t know what the Remove was, because there was no equivalent in our education system. I found out years later that it was a largely fictional device. In an Irish school, students in the Remove would have been preparing for their Inter Certs.

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