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A Genuine Platform of Free Expression


David Adams • 18 May, 2008

There aren't many, republican or otherwise, who can boast of bringing together Protestant, Catholic and Dissenter on such a regular basis as The Blanket. Maybe not often in perfect harmony, but then neither did we come together in terrible enmity either.

And The Blanket was, after all, a genuine platform of free expression. The very antithesis of the kind of"perfect harmony" that we have too often to endure on our airways and in our newspapers. The antithesis of the kind of harmony that many would like, and sometimes have tried, to force upon us all. Whatever coincidence in views there might have been amongst contributors to The Blanket came naturally. Or as result of open and honest discussion and debate - the only way that genuine agreement can ever be reached.

Though the real strength lay not in the finding of or even the searching for harmony, but in the agreeing to differ with good grace. Freedom of speech is a powerful, frightening thing. Invariably far more dangerous to those who make full use of it than to those who oppose it most. But it a necessary thing. Without it, freedom of any kind does not exist.

The Blanket's editors stood for and fearlessly upheld this most fundamental freedom during some very trying times for them personally. Courage was never in short supply.

The Blanket's finest hour, in my humble opinion, was during the Danish cartoons controversy. The old maxim "publish and be damned" never rang as true - well at least according to some faiths.

Of course, talk of The Blanket is all abstraction, when in reality I am really referring to my good friends Carrie and Anthony.

Everything The Blanket stood for and became was down to them.

A fearless writer, a power of critical analysis that left the rest of us in awe, and (very importantly) a good writer, Anthony has always led the charge upon the page. Carrie, also a good writer when she gets the time, was left to try to make sense of the rest of us and pull the whole thing together, while raising a young family as well.

Circumstances have changed, both for Anthony and Carrie personally and on the wider political front, and it is no longer feasible to devote the necessary time and energy to The Blanket. It will be sorely missed.

Thanks to both of them for The Blanket and, on a personal level, for much, much more.

 

 

David Adams is a columnist for the Irish Times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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18 May 2008

Other Articles From This Issue:

This Rock of Republicanism
Anthony McIntyre

A History of the Provisional Irish Republican Army and Sinn Fein:
1970-1976; 1976-1986; 1987-2007
Liam O Ruairc

Gerry, Come Clean, You'll Feel Better
Dolours Price

Strategic Failures Leading to Unease
Tommy McKearney

The Victory of Ideology
Jerry Pepin

The Blanket, One Last Time
Anthony McIntyre

In Praise of A Journal of Dissent
Mick Fealty

A Genuine Platform of Free Expression
David Adams

Folding Up The Blanket
Seaghán Ó Murchú

The Death and Burial of The Blanket
Michael Gillespie

History Will Decide
Mick Hall

Thank You
Robert W. White

Tales of the Vam-PIRA
Brian Mór

The Blanket: A Journal of Protest & Dissent
Carrie Twomey

 


24 February 2008

Fear Dorcha
Anthony McIntyre

An Dorcha
Richard O'Rawe

Brendan Hughes, Comrade and Friend
Dolours Price

Meeting Brendan Hughes, "The Dark", 1948-2008
Seaghán Ó Murchú

Still Unfree
John Kennedy

An Unrepentant Fenian
Martin Galvin

RIP Brendan Hughes: "The Dark"
Mark Hayes

For Darkie
Brian Mór

The Funeral of Brendan Hughes: Setting the Record Straight
Anthony McIntyre

Irish News Report of the Funeral of Brendan Hughes
Dolours Price

The Resolve of the Dogs
Tommy Gorman

Adams in the Dark
Brian Mór

Weep, But Do Not Sleep
Anthony McIntyre

Hard Times for Gerry Adams
Brian Mór

Tribute to Brendan Hughes
Bill Ashe

An Irony of Irish Politics
Dr John Coulter

Brendan Hughes, 1949-2008: Irish Republican, Soldier, Socialist
Mick Hall

Ride On
Anthony McIntyre

Brendan Hughes
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