Kevin Myers and illiberal mentally blind pseudoliberals

evin Myers: We know RTE allowed a tweeted lie to be broadcast about
Sean Gallagher which destroyed his campaign

Tuesday March 13 2012

ONE of the special perks that we got for the €1.2bn Terminal Two at
Dublin Airport is a series of 250 portrait-photographs of some famous
Irish people. These public faces include Pierce Brosnan, Brian
O’Driscoll, Paddy Moloney and Gerry Adams TD.

Now the last-named was at the centre of a truly atrocious war that
lasted for 26 years, and cost, from all sides, nearly 4,000 lives.
When Gerry Adams’s IRA ceased its war, thereafter so, too, did all
other terrorist campaigns, meaning that the IRA was the main engine
for the Troubles. All this would be grim enough without all the other
revelations of recent years, such as Mr Adams’s alleged involvement in
the abduction and murder of widowed mother-of-10 Jean McConville, and
in the Bloody Friday bombings of 40 years ago this July. Though Mr
Adams has said he was never in the IRA, and was never involved in any
atrocities, not one of these very public and incredibly serious
allegations in many media outlets in Ireland or Britain has ever been
met with a libel writ. Now, I shouldn’t even have to make these
points. They should be obvious to the Dublin Airport Authority. The
official image of Ireland for visitors should not include Gerry Adams.
Only an utterly sick and twisted vision of this country would maintain
that a picture of a grisly old warlord, whose terrorist-followers had
directly caused the deaths of nearly 2,000 people, should now be
greeting tourists at Dublin Airport. But that is what the peace
process has done: it has created a level playing field of utter
depravity, in which the doer and the done-unto are, as we have
repeatedly seen, accorded the same moral status: though in the case of
the DAA, the victims of IRA death-squads are happily invisible.

It is surely not coincidental that another semi-state organisation,
RTE, was responsible for perpetrating a Sinn Fein wheeze that has had
profound constitutional implications: the corruption of the
presidential election. We know beyond all doubt that RTE allowed a
tweeted lie to be broadcast about Sean Gallagher which destroyed his
presidential campaign when he was ahead in the polls. And we can be
pretty sure that an unsubstantiated tweet from a Catholic
organisation, such as Opus Dei or the Knights of St Columbanus, would
never have been broadcast by RTE as a “fact”. And as sinister as this
outrage has been the utter lack of media anger about the corruption of
our democracy. The logic apparently is that the outcome justifies the
means. We have a liberal and cultured president: so that is all right
then.

IT’S not all right, because we’ve thrown out the rule book. Is it
surprising that President Higgins is apparently making up rules as he
goes along? In a recent speech in London, he denounced privatisation
of government assets 12 hours before the Government announced
privatisation of the state-owned energy sector. But this is
constitutionally wrong. He cannot offer opinions on government policy.
Moreover, in that same speech, he denounced the influence of the free
market philosophers Popper and Hayek on modern thought, comparing them
unfavourably with George Bernard Shaw and Sidney and Beatrice Webb,
the founders of the London School of Economics (LSE) where he was
making his speech. But nothing that Popper and Hayek ever said
compared with the keen support that the Webbs and Shaw gave to Stalin
at the time of the Soviet purges, in which millions died, and which Mr
Higgins had apparently forgotten about.

And no doubt Mr Higgins had also forgotten that the LSE was hardly the
place to make moral comparison about any philosophers; after all, it
had accepted a donation of £1.2m from the murderous tyrant Muammar
Gaddafi, who 25 years ago was arming Mr Adams’s IRA, and in 1989 was
directly responsible for the Lockerbie bombing, which killed 270
people. And controversially, LSE granted Gaddafi’s son a PhD for a
thesis that is now widely accepted to have been a plagiarism.

But what is most alarming is the general media silence on this new
moral order, in which visitors to Ireland are greeted by a
state-subsidised portrait of Mr Adams; where the democratic system is
corrupted by an anonymous tweet, and still without serious
consequences for the national broadcaster responsible; and the
President can airily denounce government privatisation policies.

It is almost as if we are governed by a list of liberal objectives
without a connecting ethical tissue of logic or of consistency.

I know what I do not want. I do not want a national broadcaster that
corrupts democracy. I do not want government policy emanating from the
Aras.

I do not want to have to carry my bags the length of a quarter-mile
long corridor in a new airport terminal that cost us €1.2bn, broken
only by a total of 80 yards of mechanised walkways, and then with
another quarter mile walk to the bus terminals. Oh, yes, and most
emphatically of all, I do not want pictures of an IRA leader leering
at me as I totter wheezily homeward.