A message to all you Orangemen:
Social reformers in Ireland in the 1800’s believed that peasant women who enjoyed a cup of tea would become a problem and potentially revolutionary as they were neglecting their social duties of preparing meals for their husbands etc. Tea drinking was seen as a ‘habit’, thought to be addictive and cause illicit longing, even likened to membership of a secret societies that would rebel against English rule.
Research in Durham have studied numerous pamplets and leaflets from the period and believe that fears were also generated outside Ireland.
I don’t know if it is a coincidence but George Osborne is the heir apparent to the Osborne baronetcy (of Ballentaylor, in County Tipperary, and Ballylemon, in County Waterford) – I wonder if his ancestors were invloved in outlawing tea for working class women?
It has been touted as a landmark between anglo-irish relationship; a one time general of the IRA to shake hands with the figurehead that represented the British oppression of Ireland. It’s ironic that Britain gained most of it’s empire through bloodshed and imperialism, with the monarch’s condoning and encouraging most of it, but when the Irish have fought back over the years is seen as an act of treason.
As Egypt and Libya are experiencing new found freedoms after successful overthrowing the existing oppressive regime, Hague and Cameron applaud it, but when we are considered the oppressive regime what happens then.
Come the revolution………….