A Danger Here-style spotter’s badge for the person to point out the first Irish newspaper article of the season to praise a new-found maturity among Dubliners who have been wearing poppies, or, at the very least, not throwing petrol bombs at the wearer.

I see a military parade is planned for Belfast in honour of soldiers who have been off in Iraq and Afghanistan participating in a project delivering liberation, democracy and civilisation, mainly in the form of bullets and shells, with some high-altitude bombing thrown in for good measure. If a few dozen civilians get killed here, there and everywhere, sure they’re only Arabs, or whatever. Unionist politicians see no contradiction in supporting such activities -calling for the event to be televised, among other things- while praising the RIR for its role in the fight against terrorism.

In fairness, the Taliban supported Al Qaeda, and it flew planes into the twin towers. So you can’t blame the Brits wanting to help out their friends, like they did when they used royal prerogative the other day to justify the expulsion of the Chagos Islanders to build a US military base. And none can doubt their bona fides in combatting tyranny: the UK has multi-billion pound contracts for arms sales to liberal democracy par excellence Saudi Arabia.

So in conclusion, it’s all in a good cause because the MoD says so and I would encourage all who can attend to do so, and show your thanks to the troops for their bravery in occupying countries and killing civilians on your behalf.

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