With a Sinn Fein Education Minister, one of the greatest blights one can imagine on ANY education system, this is not in the least surprising;
The Ulster Unionist leader Mike Nesbitt has said he is “appalled” by an English teaching guide dealing with the hunger strikes. The guide, distributed to secondary school children, accompanies the novel Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd. Mr Nesbitt said he was not criticising the novel but objecting to elements of the accompanying teaching guide. He said the guide pointed children to republican writers rather than to historians or journalists. The source materials suggested included Danny Morrison, Richard O’Rawe and Bobby Sands, he said.
Well, UNLIKE Nesbitt, I AM criticising the novel. Why?
The main character in the novel has a brother on hunger strike in prison during the Northern Ireland Troubles. The novel is described by the publishers as “exploring the sacrifices made in the name of peace, and the unflinching strength of the human spirit”.
The hunger strikers exhibited no strength of human spirit. They were terrorist scum who starved themselves to death, albeit useful pawns in the Sinn Fein game. Smearing their excrement on their prison walls as not about “peace” – it was about the dark degeneracy that lies behind the Republican facade. Young minds should not be exposed to the filth of the Hunger strikers but then again in a State controlled education system, anything goes, no matter how vile it is.