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Danny Myers


Kevin Myers is a scoundrel. His rascality knows no bounds. And his journalistic methods are devoid of any professional ethics not to mention human decency. For long he has waged a personalised and spiteful campaign against republican peace activist Danny Morrison, not even acknowledging the leading non-Sinn Fein member’s right to complain about the breakfast service on the Belfast Dublin Enterprise. Not only was Danny deprived of a morning meal about which he correctly complained to the papers, the disreputable Myers then subjected him to a vile line of questioning about the type of hearty breakfast that Sandy Lynch of the pressure group Informing For Peace received when allegedly in the company of Danny against his will. There was no mention by Myers of the possibility that both men could have been in the area at the time on separate peace missions and that occasionally those in the same line of work do happen, due to proximity, to bump off each other in the street or pass a sentence or two.

Danny in turn has not taken any of this lying down and furiously disputes the claims of those out to undermine the peace process that he was lying standing up. He has called the unpardonable Myers to account on many occasions. At one point so fed up with Myers continuously glorifying the dead of British regiments Danny said that the Anglophile author of ‘An Irishman’s Diary’ in the Irish Times must have known the names of every dead British soldier and very little about republican dead.

Myers obviously stung by the comments only this week resorted to underhand methods the likes of which we have come to expect from John Ware either with the scandalous Panorama or some other mischievous network. Republicans don’t easily forget that Ware was given a scurrilous award in 1983 for his appalling Gerry Adams focussed documentary The Honourable Member for West Belfast. So preposterous were its contents, and malicious its allegations against the only civilian ever to be O/C of Cage 11 that almost to a body the republican family swore never to believe a word that the dastardly blackguard uttered again. What else could be expected from a former reporter with the Sun? Even Liverpudlians won’t buy that paper. Consequently, the name of Ware has been added to a long list of journalists never to be read again, a list that is consistently updated.

Anyway, Myers, ever ready to question the authenticity of republicans who have devoted their entire lives to peace, and by nurturing a little of the devious Ware’s liking for subterfuge, penned an article in the Andersonstown Republican News using Danny’s name. Armed with one of Danny’s 13 new electoral identity cards to gain entry to the offices of the West Belfast paper he, virus like, burrowed his way into the ‘As I See It’ column and started his old antics of praising dead Brits just to create the false impression that it was Danny who was doing this. He wholly took everything out of context and made no reference to the fact that Danny always thought dead Brits were a good thing.

Shame on you Kevin Myers. Write honestly and consistently like Danny or not at all. And if you want to be an apologist for dead Brits use your own name rather than Danny’s to make your point.




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At least one way of measuring the freedom of any society is the amount of comedy that is permitted, and clearly a healthy society permits more satirical comment than a repressive, so that if comedy is to function in some way as a safety release then it must obviously deal with these taboo areas. This is part of the responsibility we accord our licensed jesters, that nothing be excused the searching light of comedy. If anything can survive the probe of humour it is clearly of value, and conversely all groups who claim immunity from laughter are claiming special privileges which should not be granted.
- Eric Idle


7 July 2002


Other Articles From This Issue:


It Was Our First World War Too, You know

Anthony McIntyre


No To Isolation

Trade And Employees' Unions and TMMOB


The Orange Relic
Sean O Lubaigh

Remember the Dishonour

Davy Carlin

Danny Myers


4 July 2002


Is Class Politics a Possibility?

Billy Mitchell


What Values Drive Irish Republicanism Today?
Paul Fitzsimmons

Ministers of Silly Words

Anthony McIntyre

Has the Peace Process Delivered?
Davy Carlin




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