Was Oughterard about racism or a fear of the unknown?

Seán Moncrieff: If the protesters were racist, it wasn’t the marching-to-a-whiter future sort

People taking part in a silent protest march in Oughterard  against a proposed direct provision centre at the former Connemara Gateway Hotel. The plan has since been scrapped. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

People taking part in a silent protest march in Oughterard against a proposed direct provision centre at the former Connemara Gateway Hotel. The plan has since been scrapped. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

In the future, Norway disintegrates. There are radical Norwegian supremacists, carrying out a vicious terrorist campaign. Warlords control most of the country. Food and water are scarce. Sweden has carpet bombed most of the towns and cities.

The specifics are not important, other than this chaos produces a massive refugee crisis, with tens of thousands streaming across the borders into the EU. The EU reacts by creating a quota system for its members.

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