- 18 Jun 04
Michael McDowell and co’s recent referendum prompted our columnist to analyse what exactly we mean when we talk about citizenship.
Many of my father’s friends were republicans of the non-military persuasion. Their political philosophy had complex roots. These included Irish nationalism, though they were leery of militarism and blood-sacrifice homoeroticism. There was also a strong strain of anti-imperialism and it was not confined to Britain. But the most abiding proved to be the pure radical republicanism of the French Jacobins.