The Modernist wrote:I don't know why you're all talking about what happened 500 years ago. That misses the point about this being recent history with consequences that are still very raw now.
We're not. The 'British' have been despicable in their actions for some time now, we're merely deciding when the ruling culture in Britain started our aggressive attitude. We agree that actions in the recent past has left recent scars. My opinion is that the Irish have long memories of British oppression, since the Tudor period. If one has been brought up with a long experience of foreign oppression that will feed into the national psyche. When I was living in N. Ireland I met people who were still, understandably, very angry about the potato famine & the actions of the ruling class. No one I conversed with mentioned the Tudors (or Normans), some did mention Cromwell in a not very positive way.