Tweets of the Week: Lyra McKee funeral, Greta Thunberg, and 2019 election kick-off

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.

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.

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.

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.”

Another tweeter said it is possibly “the most powerful eighty seconds you’ll ever watch”.

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.

Jack Parrock was amused that participating in Eurovision imbues some kind of “privilege”.

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.”

Which Peta Steel, said was a “disgraceful attack on a young woman.”

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.

By gleefully imagining the teenager having “a meltdown on national telly.”

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.

Finally after the last European Parliament Plenary week wrapped up in musical style, thanks to MEP Lojze Peterle and his harmonica.

Ans EP2019 Campaigning season officially got underway.

“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”


And “beautiful.”

Others including Jack Parrock reckoned it was, at best, “questionable”.

Enda Ryan thought the whole expectant parents/giving birth thing was a bit laboured.

Catriona Gray said it was “bizarre”

And an account called LabourLad described it as “creepy”

Personally, I just thought it was very, very long.

And that’s it for another episode. Join me again next week for more shills, thrills and spills in the Brussels Bubble Twittersphere.

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