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National Stockholm syndrome

So for the last 3 years in a row we have been graced with his Majesty’s presence, HRH Prince of Wales has decided for the last 3 consecutive Mays that he and his good lady wife would visit the poor Paddy’s in the Emerald Isle, to give us all a little pat on the head and let us know we are doing a fine job of not killing each other; and of course much encouragement to keep up the good work! This is exactly the kind of validation we need; because without it we would descend into chaos and savagery. So quite obviously my opening to this blog is sarcastic as hell; however it is not in jest! Royal visits to their colonies and former colonies are filled with spectacles of the native arts and culture. We see time and time again grinning British Royals in pictures wearing hula skirts, while trying in vain to do some kind of native dance. In Ireland, it is Charles Windsor trying his hand at a bit of Hurling, or when the British Queen visited in 2011 mumbled a few words of our native