Don’t get me wrong with what I’m going to say next. My desire to converse with Charlie Flanagan can be measured somewhere between not giving a shit and not giving a fuck. (I feel comfortable using this sort of language after Charlie himself called Sinn Féin cunts on Twitter). It’s not that I disagree with him on that point, you understand: I just think Charlie is not the sort of guy who’d be offended by earthy language, especially when I say that I don’t give a fuck if I ever spoke to him or communicated in any other conceivable way.
However, I must have managed somehow to get through to Charlie because our Foreign Minister has blocked me from commenting on, or even seeing, his Twitter feed.
I can’t imagine this is the sort of thing that foreign ministers do lightly, and therefore I’m baffled. Is it because Charlie thinks I’m a delicate soul who might be traumatised every time he calls someone a cunt? Maybe he’s protecting me.
Apart from that possibility, I can’t imagine why he might choose to exclude me, since I’ve never had any interaction with him, and I must admit, I’m feeling a little rejected and more than a little hurt. Is Charlie a minister for all the people or only some of them? It’s worse than breaking up with me in a text. Charlie ended our relationship on Twitter in the most passive-aggressive way possible and to be honest with you, I’m mystified. What did I do to him? We never had a row. We never even had a conversation, so what could possibly be biting Charlie in the arse?
The only time I ever mentioned him on this site was when I praised him for being unlike his father, Oliver J Flanagan, a shockingly anti-Semitic bigot, a symbol of everything that was wrong with this country since independence.
Yes, it’s harsh, but it’s also true. Let me quote you something from one of Oliver J’s speeches in our national parliament. He made this speech in 1942, when the Nazis were ramping up their campaign of murder against the Jews of Europe.
How is it that we do not see any of these Acts directed against the Jews, who crucified Our Saviour nineteen hundred years ago, and who are crucifying us every day in the week? How is it that we do not see them directed against the Masonic Order? How is it that the I.R.A. is considered an illegal organisation while the Masonic Order is not considered an illegal organisation? […] There is one thing that Germany did, and that was to rout the Jews out of their country. Until we rout the Jews out of this country it does not matter a hair’s breadth what orders you make. Where the bees are there is the honey, and where the Jews are there is the money.
As I pointed out in the article, Charlie is nothing like his father. My exact words were these: Charlie is a man of integrity. Far from being anti-Jewish, Charlie is a well-balanced, tolerant individual and I agree with much of what he says, so what exactly could have pissed him off that much?
Was he just annoyed that I called his father a ward-heeling kisser of every episcopal ring that came within 100 miles of his ambit? Perhaps, but surely that would be a little immature for a man who is, after all, the foreign minister of a modern European democracy.
Of course, the other option is less appealing.
Charlie, as the son of a notorious anti-Jew bigot, has gone out of his way to compensate, which is quite understandable. Still, though, could it be the fact that Charlie is a member of the Friends of Israel that prompts him to block not only this insignificant little tweeter, but anyone who dares to criticise Israeli policy? Could it be because this site has consistently challenged the criminal nature of Israel’s actions against the Palestinian people?
I hope not, since Charlie is a minister for all of us and not just for those who support Israel.
Charlie, I realise, is of a generation that doesn’t really get the concept of Twitter, so I’ll give him a fool’s pardon on this. But he’s still the foreign minister, and if a foreign minister is stupid enough to call his opponents cunts on Twitter, no matter how accurate his description, perhaps he’s also stupid enough to block critics who won’t just sit back and keep schtum.
I have a lot of time for Charlie. He initiated the inquiry into the mother-and-baby homes, a move that would have given his bigoted old father a seizure. Charlie is no bigot, but he is coming across as petulant, immature and more than a little out of touch.
Foreign ministers need to cultivate gravitas and on that scale, sadly, Charlie is not scoring well.
Time to ditch your inner biffo, Charlie.