Welcome to another EURACTIV Tweets of the Week! Lyra’s funeral makes hypocrisy plain, “Greta is privileged” some egos complain, and European Parliament launches its election campaign.
On Wednesday, the funeral took place of Lyra McKee, the journalist shot dead in Northern Ireland. Mario Ledwith explained that her funeral took place in a protestant cathedral despite her Catholic background, chosen by her family to try to break down barriers.
The funeral of Lyra McKee, who comes from a Catholic background, is taking place in a protestant cathedral in Belfast, chosen by her family as a 'shared space'. Breaking down those sometimes invisible barriers in death as she did during her life.
— Mario Ledwith (@marioledwith) April 24, 2019
Tributes from across the EU including the Europeann Commission, European Greens, Guy Verhofstadt and even Michel Barnier came flooding in for the journalist and LGBT rights campaigner.
Our statement on the death of Lyra McKee last week:
We condemn such violence in the strongest possible terms.
We are confident that the Northern Irish authorities will ascertain the exact circumstances of this tragic event.
Murders of journalists will never be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/8CExdyb0vD
— European Commission 🇪🇺 (@EU_Commission) April 23, 2019
On Good Friday 21 years ago we woke up to the news of a peace deal in Northern Ireland. Today we woke up to the news that journalist Lyra McKee was killed in Derry/Londonderry.
Our thoughts are with her loved ones and with the people of Northern Ireland at this difficult time.
— European Greens (@europeangreens) April 19, 2019
— Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) April 24, 2019
The tragic murder of Lyra McKee is a reminder of how fragile peace still is in Northern Ireland. We must all work to preserve the achievements of the Good Friday Agreement. https://t.co/kweO4tHjFI
— Michel Barnier (@MichelBarnier) April 20, 2019
As Gavan Reilly highlighted, the Irish President, Taoiseach, and British Prime were all seated together in the front row. Behind them, DUP leader Arlene Foster and leader of Sinn Fein, Mary Lou McDonald. If only it didn’t need a tragedy to make it so, he said.
President Higgins, Theresa May and Leo Varadkar seated together in the front row at @LyraMcKee's funeral.
Behind them, together, Simon Coveney and Karen Bradley.
Behind them, together, Arlene Foster and Mary Lou McDonald.
If only it didn't need a tragedy to make it so.
— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) April 24, 2019
The officiating priest Fr Martin Magill also questioned: “Why in God’s name does it take the death of a 29-year-old woman” to bring politicians together? Alex Andreou said it was “very uncomfortable, for the politicians, but absolutely fair question.”
A very uncomfortable, for the politicians, but absolutely fair question is asked at Lyra McKee’s funeral. pic.twitter.com/IIWZ3u13cQ
— Alex Andreou (@sturdyAlex) April 24, 2019
Another tweeter said it is possibly “the most powerful eighty seconds you’ll ever watch”.
— shane. (@MrShaneReaction) April 24, 2019
As the congregation gave an unprecedented standing ovation. Now just watch Arlene Foster’s face!
Another young woman in a different sort of firing line this week is Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate activist, as a bunch of entitled, boring, middle-aged white guys attacked her credibility … because her mum sang in eurovision.
Leading the charge, was the Toby young: “Greta Thunberg Is Privileged Daughter of Sweden’s Eurovision Star,” tweeted the son-of-a-lord.
— Toby Young (@toadmeister) April 24, 2019
Jack Parrock was amused that participating in Eurovision imbues some kind of “privilege”.
A wild assumption that participating in Eurovision imbues some kind of “privilege” 🤣🤣🤣 https://t.co/j9kCu1veuy
— Jack Parrock (@jackeparrock) April 25, 2019
Piers Corbyn, brother of Labour leader Jeremy, added fire to the flames saying, “Listening to an ignorant brainwashed child is deranged. I am an actual scientist.”
Listening to an ignorant brainwashed child is deranged.
I am an actual scientist of physics Meteorology, astrophysics and climate and say @GretaThunberg is wrong and suffers mental abuse by manipulative adults.
— Piers Corbyn (@Piers_Corbyn) April 23, 2019
Which Peta Steel, said was a “disgraceful attack on a young woman.”
Disgraceful attack on a young woman. As usual your ethics are mired in self promotion.
— Peta VdB Steel (@PetaSteel) April 24, 2019
After Brendan O’Neill’s hate-filled op-ed in Spiked, Anna Orridge said she thought he “had set the bar as low as it could go when it came to spiteful attacks on Greta,” but then Helen Dale limboed under it.
Well, I thought Brendan O'Neill had set the bar as low it could go when it came to spiteful attack on Greta. But here's Helen Dale doing the Limbo under it. Can you imagine being so depraved you would gloat at the prospect of an autistic child bullied and reduced to tears on air? https://t.co/5YRp5vsTmg
— Anna Orridge (@orridge_anna) April 23, 2019
By gleefully imagining the teenager having “a meltdown on national telly.”
Can the Beeb arrange for Andrew Neil to interview this Greta Thunberg character? Because afterwards I guarantee we’ll never hear from her again. She may even have a meltdown on national telly into the bargain.
— Helen Dale (@_HelenDale) April 23, 2019
Blimey, that was a close one. For a moment I thought we were going to have to do something about catastrophic climate change but it turns out Greta Thunberg’s mum was on Eurovision so we can all relax quipped Jonathan Coe.
Blimey, that was a close one. For a moment I thought we were going to have to do something about catastrophic climate change but it turns out Greta Thunberg’s mum was on Eurovision so we can all relax.
— Jonathan Coe (@jonathancoe) April 24, 2019
Finally after the last European Parliament Plenary week wrapped up in musical style, thanks to MEP Lojze Peterle and his harmonica.
— EURACTIV (@EURACTIV) April 18, 2019
Ans EP2019 Campaigning season officially got underway.
From the second we come into this world, we’re in it together.
Each of us can leave a mark, but together we can make a real difference.
Choose your future. European elections 23-26 May ⬇ pic.twitter.com/yVo4pjtbbN
— European Parliament (@Europarl_EN) April 25, 2019
“Life has a way to make us feel fragile and alone.” Wait, What!
The quote comes from a 3-minute video of, um, women in labour, released by the European Parliament to encourage people to vote. The video, voiced by a disembodied day-old baby, yes really, has really split the crowd.
Some thought it was “striking”
— Christina DS (@Christina_D_S) April 25, 2019
What a powerful movie…. change is coming!#ThisTimeImVoting
— Katie Owens (@ktowens) April 25, 2019
This is BEAUTIFUL!
— Linda (@SE25A) April 25, 2019
Others including Jack Parrock reckoned it was, at best, “questionable”.
— Jack Parrock (@jackeparrock) April 25, 2019
Enda Ryan thought the whole expectant parents/giving birth thing was a bit laboured.
I think the whole expectant parents/giving birth thing was a bit laboured.
— Enda Ryan (@EannaORiain) April 25, 2019
Catriona Gray said it was “bizarre”
The European Parliament has released this bizarre video in which a newborn baby encourages us to vote in the upcoming elections to "make the borders safe." https://t.co/vDAcRrnyJA
— Catriona Gray (@CatrionaLGray) April 25, 2019
And an account called LabourLad described it as “creepy”
— LabourLad (@LadLabour) April 25, 2019
Personally, I just thought it was very, very long.
Good sentiment to get the vote out for #EP2019, but honestly, who made it all the way to the end of this video?? I started losing the will to live around the 1 minute mark! #ThisTimeImVoting https://t.co/ZRdwrWpZle
— Jennifer Baker (@BrusselsGeek) April 25, 2019
And that’s it for another episode. Join me again next week for more shills, thrills and spills in the Brussels Bubble Twittersphere.