Friday, September 28, 2012
Gulliver's Travels of Ireland's Dean Swift 1726, is universally read and has been designated a satire, to a forerunner of the modern novel, to an inquiry into whether men are inherently corrupt or whether they become corrupted. Gulliver washed ashore after a shipwreck, found himself a prisoner of a race of tiny people, less than 6 inches tall, inhabitants of the island country of Lilliput.
After Roisin Shortall's departure yesterday from Government, with little or no support from her so called Labour colleagues, Roisin must wondering today, if she too is a prisoner of the island of Lilliput. Despite Ms Shortall's principled resignation, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny, his Labour Tanaiste Eamonn Gilmore and other so called former Labour comrades, all have leapt instead to the defence of super capitalist Health Minister Dr James Reilly or perhaps more accurately, to the defence of their luxurious ministerial salaries, from the little Irish taxpayers. Then of course the Fine Gael Minister has always made no secret of his hatred for the short all, little people of Lilliputian Ireland.
Perhaps then before his next video, he might consider the more diplomatic term Lilliputian rather than, "little people" for all the Irish plebs and gobshites who voted for him and his party. Perhaps Tanaiste Gilmour of (ahem) Labour might consider shifting his political rainbow from Labour to Lillputian at the next election or perhaps he will gamble once again on the irish psychosis of believing their own lies.
Strictly speaking Lilliputian entered many languages as an adjective, meaning "small and delicate" but that won't bother Gilmore, the former Newry republican colleague of Gerry Adams who is considering a brand of small cigar called Lilliput which might be an interesting addition to his image or to any of his Che look alike colleagues for their photo op wardrobes.
There is also a series of collectable model of houses known as "Lilliput Lane" perhaps of some interest to any future FF/SF developments. The smallest light bulb fitting 5mm diameter in the Edison screw series, is also called the "Lilliput Edison screw" which could possibly be changed to the "Lilliput Gilmour screw."
In Dutch, the word Lilliputter is used for adults shorter than 1.30 meters, which will include most of the Irish electorate come next election, after the present term of the Labour austerity diet The Coalition of the two sects of Lilliputians in Government, were divided between those who crack open their soft-boiled eggs from the little end, and those who use the big end. Some say Rainbow Gilmour has always squeezed through some sticky induced cracks at both ends. That dear Lilliputter, leaves all short people like Roisin out in the Irish rain once again.