Richard calls the event a human one before a political one. He wonders if the week can pass off with some level of respect before the war over his legacy rages.
The war has already begun on the TV and radio, and on this blog. I don’t think it is a human event before a political one. It’s the biggest political story this year, and the reaction of politicians to his death is a story in itself. I don’t see how it’s disrespectful to argue over the man’s legacy today, or tomorrow, or every day until his funeral. He was afterall a politician, a former Taoiseach, and by far the most controversial figure in Irish politics since the foundation of the State.
I say: Have at it.
I could go further and say that I had no respect for the man when he was alive, why should I show him respect now he is dead?
But I won’t.