I made passing reference in a thread yesterday to a disturbing anti-German/French editorial in yesterday’s Sunday Independent. You can make up your own mind about the sentiments expressed if you haven’t seen it already. It is available here.
Paul Hunt has described the ugliness of the sentiments more eloquently than I ever could. He has also convinced me that those who disagree should make their voices heard, however faint we are relative to the megaphone of a leading newspaper. I must quickly add that I think the Sunday Independent has many outstanding journalists, and I am sure that few agree with the sentiments expressed. They must be most embarrassed of all. I would not see any point in this post if the Sunday Independent was not such a worthy newspaper. Whoever penned and whoever approved the editorial has let the paper down.
There is a danger in drawing additional attention by posting here. But Paul and others have convinced me there is a bigger danger in staying silent.
If you would like to note your disagreement with views expressed in the editorial, I would ask that you add your voice or even just your name in the comments below. I know the majority of our readers do not usually make comments, but you might make an exception this one time. It is important to let our partners in Germany and France –with whom of course we will continue to politely disagree from time to time — know that the editorial does not speak for us.
Thanks, John McHale