The Irish Republic held a referendum last Friday on the country’a ban on abortion. This was essentially whether or not to repeal the eighth amendment to the country’s constitution, which grants an equal right to life to both the mother and the unborn. The result was predicted to be on a knife edge; in the event, more than 66% of ballots were for repeal. Only one constituency, Donegal, voted to retain the eighth amendment.
Laura Perrins almost raises a smile. But not quite
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar called the result “a historic day for Ireland”, talking of a “quiet revolution”, and concluding “It's also a day when we say no more. No more to doctors telling their patients there's nothing can be done for them in their own country, no more lonely journeys across the Irish Sea, no more stigma as the veil of secrecy is lifted and no more isolation as the burden of shame is gone”. But not everyone was happy.
Some No campaigners were not merely unhappy, but resentful to the point of spiteful bitterness. The idea of a country moving towards choice, and away from the iron grip in which the catholic church held The Republic for so long, was too much for them. One of the most bitter was droning and tedious not very good ex-lawyer Laura Perrins of Conservative Woman fame, who was very bitter indeed.
“I don’t know what kind of ‘healthcare’ deliberately aims to end the life of another human person”. Historic day for Ireland? “Well, the next generation that are not terminated in the womb”. Ireland more tolerant, open and respectful? “Tolerant of terminating the lives of unborn babies, open to terminating the lives of unborn children and respectful of the culture of death”. Above her head is that dark cloud marked GLOOM.
And there was more on that historic day: “Historic in that 1.5 million people who benefited from constitutional protection while developing in the womb voted to strip that protection away from the next generation. Something cruel in that”. Tolerant? “Tolerant of targeting unborn babies on the womb”. One in the eye for the bigots? “‘Bigots’, people who recognise the humanity of the unborn child”. The grim mood just went on and on.
Varadkar talked of voting for the next generation. “Goodness the lies don’t come much bigger that this. The country literally voted away the constitutional rights of the next generation”. A comment piece in The Journal, suggesting “in modern Ireland, you are invisible without money” was latched on to: “Or if you are an unborn child. Then your rights can magically disappear via referendum”. The record was well and truly stuck.
The Guardian suggested “A quiet revolution has taken place”. Off she went: “A revolution that takes aim at its own children”. And then, kicking the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin for being surprised at the result, Laura Perrins sold the pass. “I don't even live there and I knew this was coming”. She doesn’t even live there.
Leo Varadkar. He's in touch, and Ms Perrins isn't
But she’s happy to live in a country - Great Britain - which has far more relaxed laws on abortion than anything likely to be enacted in the Irish Republic. Apart from the double standards, though, the bile-filled outpourings of Laura Perrins explain one thing to us.
They show the world why she is such an unsympathetic and unappealing presence - and, more to the point, why the broadcasters have stopped inviting her on.