Ireland, a place I imagine as being a bit like England, only more cramped. No, I haven't crossed the Irish Sea by ferry, although we did see one such ferry at Fleetwood on the English west coast once when we took a break at Fleetwood on our round tram trip from Blackpool. R has made the trip, in the seventies, and kissed the Blarney Stone. He subsequently got really lucky and met me in 1979. Please don't ask his opinion on that.
A miserable, wet, cramped, strongly religious Catholic country with repressive social orders, have always been my thoughts. What was the point of getting rid of English government to turn into such a repressive country. Having said that, I like the Irish in Australia, the backpackers who serve me my coffee and brunch in cafes. I like their accents and I like how friendly they are.
But what on earth has happened in Ireland in recent years?
A tourism boom for a start.
But the country held a referendum for whether gay marriage should occur. It was a resounding yes vote. While other countries had already legalised gay marriage, this was the first time it was put to a referendum of the people and it won. Subsequently legislation went before the Dail and was passed.
This is amazing, for a country that only legalised divorce in 1995.
Then, while not directly elected by the people, Ireland chose a gay man of Indian heritage to lead the country as Prime Minister, one Leo Varadkar. While there is Macron in France..........oh, no, I am wrong there, he is married, so Varadkar must be the only male Prime Minister/President in the world who is openly gay. (I thought I better check this and Belgium was the first, no longer serving, followed by Luxemburg, serving, and then Ireland. Of course the has been one lesbian, Iceland and she is out of office now, and the present leader of Serbia is a lesbian, and of course the leader of Germa....no, another mistake by me. She is married)
Argue with me or point out that I am so wrong. However, I feel a bit uncomfortable about abortions in the third trimester, well the last two months at least, but I reckon before that, it is not the business of society to interfere with women who are pregnant and don't want to be. It is women's business and males should make not make laws for and about women without female approval, and that has pretty well what has happened for centuries. Ireland has overwhelmingly voted to allow abortions and according to Irish Times exit polls, young people voted at about 90% to do so.
Good on ya Irish. I think after this culmination, you have found a four leaf clover for the whole country.