There is a certain irony in the fact that I actually like CYCLING.
Whether its the Tour of France, Spain or Italy…I have a lot of admiration for those drug-free guys that have that amount of courage, endurance and skill.
But the Giro d’Italia in Belfast?
Another Bread and Circus event in a long line.
There is a post World War Two joke in Poland.
A Polish guide is showing a group of Russian communists around Warsaw.
“This is the magnificent Sports Stadium that you Russians built for us”
“This is the magnificent concert hall that you Russians built for us”
“This is the magnificent statue of Comrade Lenin that you Russians built for us”
A Russian speaks up and says “the People of Poland must be grateful to the Russian People”
And the Polish guide says.
“Yes we MUST be grateful”.
And thats how it is in our own little one party state with its Green and Orange Wing.
To seriously question the Titanic Project, the City of Culture, World Police and Fire Games, G8 Summit, MTV Awards…we MUST be grateful to the Tourist Board for the latest Circus….to show the real face of Norn Iron to the World.
To be like me…and to point out that this all a farce and a lie….the reality is Twaddell Avenue and Jean McConville…is to be dismissed as a killjoy and a party pooper.
For all this welcoming of tourists…is that the real Norn Iron?
Well as the Polish cyclists speed along the Newtownards Road and the people of East Belfast cheer them…it would be churlish to point out that Polish families in East Belfast get their windows broken and dog crap smeared on their houses.
But thats not the story that the fair and impartial media…all “pretty in pink” are likely to mention today. The Media are part of the One Party State…on message with the feel good narrative.
Peace Journalism at its worst.
The Circus…the Giro…is a distraction from Real Life.
And the Mayor also…Mairtin O’Muilleoir has dyed his hair green.
The darling of Ulster Tatler photo-opportunity journalism, nobody can deny he has done a lot for the city of Belfast. Certainly the non church attending man with TEN chaplains and who appointed a Poet Laureate is a bit of a letsgetalongerist with the churchy types and Belfasts arty crowd.
He is even a person that Slugger O’Toole (or at least Dr David McCann) likes.
And no doubt the Mayors pink hair shows him to be a fun guy.
Yet a bit of a stretch to say (as on Twitter) that he is like (London Mayor) Boris Johnson “but with better politics”.
Now that comparison between Sinn Fein and Conservatives…might well be a bit controversial…but didnt Mayor O’Muilleor attend that rally for Gerry Adams “Leader, Peacemaker and Visionary” in West Belfast” last week.
Not sure how many of his ten chaplains attended.
Or whether the Poet Laureate is writing a poem about it.
But surely his politics are as relevant as his pink hair.
How long must we endure this Decade of Deception?
I suppose…ten years …is the obvious answer.