I can’t claim to follow Irish politics closely, but the recent election of Leo Varadkar, the openly gay son of an Indian father and Irish mother, as head of the ruling center-right Fine Gael party has been hard to miss. (As party leader, Varadkar will also take over the role of Taoiseach – prime minister – later this month.)
Predictably, all of this is being hailed in some quarters as a victory of the “new” multicultural Ireland over the insular and prejudiced “old”. I had thought to write my own reflections on this, but after reading The Irresistible Rise of Leo Varadkar at the National Party’s web site, I decided to take the easy way out and just point you there for the best thing on the subject I’ve read so far.
Vdare recently posted an excellent article from Ireland’s recently-formed National Party.
The party’s site is great – definitely worth the binge-reading I gave it this morning. However, it isn’t just that it says all the right things. What’s even more gratifying is that the organization appears to be a real thing – or at least more than just a couple of guys with a grand-sounding name and a web site.
Here are a few samples of what the National Party has to say:
We contend that the first duty of an Irish government is to an Irish people and that this duty can only be served by the National Idea. Ireland cannot simply be a transport hub for a global citizenry. It must be rooted, coherent and authentic to itself. – About
The organising unit of society must be a social unit. And that social unit must be as organic and cohesive as possible. The family, the parish, the nation. It is a social communitarian ethos which is the organising basis of everything human-beings create. – – #WeAreIrish – Twitter Hashtag Reveals the Contradictions in How Liberals View Ethnicity
… to a liberal and a globalist, nationalism is always something lurking in the shadows. It is a kind of Other. A kind of Id. Something monstrous and irrational which constantly threatens to plunge an ordered society into chaos. It is associated with darkness and danger. Nationalism, one might say, is the foreign element in a globalist society. What does globalism exclude if not nationalism? – Is Irish Nationalism Dead like Dan O’Brien Says?
Where do I sign up?
More on the National Party:
For a hostile take on the party see Who is National Party leader Justin Barrett?.
For a selection of videos (mostly) on the party, see Mashpedia.
Here’s the Wikipedia entry.