Those pesky Irish

by Instant Noodle

07-11-1918 Irish foodstuff

It seems like so far this blog has been mostly “Today in 1918”. Well, unfortunately that’s not going to change for a bit, because that’s the only edition that I’ve got as far as scanning. Moreover, I’ve only scanned as far as October and November. So that’s how it’s going to stay for at least a couple of weeks; sorry about that. I’ll get on to some different time periods soon enough.

But, all in all, it’s a pretty cool time period to be looking into. You’ve got the end of War of course, but, there are lots of other things going on that, looking back, are as historic as the War.

Like Irish home rule. I’ve heard it said that if it were not for the outbreak of War in 1914, the UK would have likely descended into civil war. The Irish Nationalist MPs are making their presence known.

Wednesday October 30th – Mr Bonar Law having literally flown away to Paris, Sir George Cave acted as leader of the House, and preserved his usual judicial calm even when a Nationalist Member asking him who would represent Ireland at the Peace Conference. A more sarcastic minister would have met the question by another, “What right does Ireland to be regarded as a beligerent?” Sir George merely pointed out it was too soon to say who would be the “delegates of the British empire.”

As if things weren’t bad enough for the Irish people, Irish pigs are also having a rough time because of a shortage of feeding stuffs. But Punch has little sympathy,

The Irish agriculturalist has for so long been the spoiled darling of the House that the Nationalist Members had quite a shock when Major Astor, referring to the shortage of feeding stuffs, said that it was “only fair that Irish farmers should share some of the inconveniences of the war.” This is, indeed, a cause for poetical justice, since the shortage is due to the diversion of ships to bring over American troops, many thousands of whom could have been spared if the Irish farmers’ sons had done their duty.

Other than the miscreant Irish who sided with Germany in an attempt to destabilise the UK, Ireland was also subject to conscription as part of Britain.

Thursday October 24th – If Ireland has made but a meagre response to the call for men, it is not the fault of the Army clothiers. It seems incredible that the Irish should have resisted the lure of Lynch’s Brigade, with its “head-ress of the Colonial type,” adorned with green band, green and white hackle and wolfhound badge. I trust that they were not put off by the prospect of being played into action by the “five pipers wearing the Irish kilt.”

As for a cartoon, I’m going to try and make it a policy to include one with every post. Even if they don’t make sense or relate to the rest of the post in any way, shape, or form.

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