Is genocide funny?
Yes dear reader I realise that is a very strange question.
However it is one that I had to address when The People decided to form the Genocide Malevolent Voice Choir in 2008.
For the uninitiated it was the Famine Song that led me to initially write about matters Ibrox.
In those days I thought they paid tax like everyone else.
Several folk claiming to represent Rangers fans deployed the humour defence about mocking An Gorta Mór and telling their descendants of Famine refugees in Glasgow to ‘go home’.
Thankfully in June 2009 at the High Court of Justiciary Lord Justice Carloway ruled on Kilmarnock Sheriff Court Versus William Walls.
The Rangers chap lost his case and the Famine Song was ruled racist and ipso facto illegal in Scotland.
It was a victory for the good guys in Alba.
I trust that anyone giving it a public airing now in Fair Caledonia will be prosecuted to the limit of the law.
In 1997 Prime Minister Blair wrote a letter to the Irish people apologising for what Britain had done and importantly what Britain did not do during the awful years of An Gorta Mór.
Tim Pat Coogan’s ‘The famine plot’ is excellent on the role of the British government in the Irish Holocaust.
I recently was mugged by the emotion of it all again when I watched a documentary, beautifully narrated by Peter Mullan, on the life and times of Brother Walfrid (I declare an interest in this as this site carries an advert for this product).
It is undoubtedly true that the founder of Celtic was a survivor of An Gorta Mór.
His native county Sligo was hit very hard.
The drive to alleviate hunger travelled over the sea from Ireland to Glasgow with Andrew Kerrins.
You cannot understand his life and work if you do not grasp the enormity of the crime that he lived through as a child in Sligo.
During those genocidal years the entire island of Ireland was under the control of the first truly Trans global imperium.
Pax Britannica meant starvation in Ireland on an industrial scale.
In universities in North America those events are taught under the heading of ‘Genocide Studies’.
And this is what The People found funny.
Throughout those years the Irish economy remained a net food exporter, mainly to feed the exploding cities in Britain caused by the industrial revolution.
Simply put if Ireland had been independent and sovereign then there would have been no Famine.
It was an entirely man made phenomenon.
It was sociological not biological.
Only one crop was affected by the ‘blight’.
It was Westminster’s control of this island rather than phytophthora infestans that caused my kin to perish in Mayo.
Yes dear reader.
My great grandfather’s brother, then a seven year old, perished in those years.
My grandmother told me that her father had told her of a brother of his that had perished in An Gorta Mór.
Herself passed away in the early 1980s so I could not go back and ask her for more information when I was doing family research in 2008.
My first clue from official records was that he had somehow disappeared between the 1841 census and the 1851.
Yet the family were in the same house in North Mayo.
There were no burial records as the local church authorities were simply overwhelmed by the amount of people dying there in those years.
I was actually researching this when the klan decided in 2008 it was a good idea to mock the dead of An Gorta Mór with the Famine Song.
I waited for the journalists in Scotland to round on them for this racism, but they didn’t.
However several of the sports hacks actually defended them.
One of them became communications director of Sevco and the other has since picked up several awards for services to obedient stenography.
Until now I thought that only The People had found a million dead Irish people a subject for humour.
I do not expect any better of the klan apropos common humanity as it is something that the fascist underclass at Ibrox is often deficient in.
However, I really had thought more of Channel 4.
A lot more.
When I first read the news that the ITN station had commissioned a sitcom set in Famine Ireland I thought it was a rather sick spoof.
However I was wrong.
Unsurprisingly the news of this proposed series has not been received well here in Ireland.
Word of this has also reached across the Atlantic where many victims of An Gorta Mór sought refuge.
There is already an E-Petition up and running.
Please sign it and share it.
In their original mission statement Channel 4 had a duty to serve the Irish community in Britain.
This is not how it is done.
Please think again.