The Corrs, as I am sure most people recall, had a lone male member. His name was Jim (pictured above, second in from the right... in case you couldn't tell). He was the eldest and tended to live in the shadow of his three glamorous sisters. Poor Jim. Not that he probably gave a damn. While the rest of us tittered at images of him standing out like a sore thumb on stage while his trio of charming siblings did their thing, Jim could rest assured that he always had the last laugh as he raked in bucket loads of cash and dated Miss Northern Ireland. Obviously not content with a life of luxury and beautiful women, Jim last week decided to make a move towards the world of politics. Oh dear.
In an interview with the Sunday Tribune the elder Corr was asked why so many Irish politicians supported the Lisbon Treaty given the level of opposition to it from the public. With all the knowledge and decorum of the man down at your local pub who maintains Hitler had some good ideas, he replied:
"There are a large number of secret societies in our government, we certainly know that. The push towards global government totally correlates with the Freemasonic agenda. The way it works is that once they see a rising star, let's say a politician, they're approached, as a couple of my friends have been approached, because they would see you as an asset to the brotherhood. Tony Blair is a 33rd degree Freemason. That's fairly common knowledge. Sure the Queen is grand patroness of the World Freemasonry. Silvio Berlusconi is a high level Freemason. President George Bush is a member of the Skull and Bones, the Yale secret society, which is an off-shoot of the Freemasons."Excuse me? Is this the same Jim Corr? It appears it is. Jim didn't stop with his suggestion of an international Freemason conspiracy. It seems there are conspiracies everywhere:
"Imagine the nightmare of genetically modified foods being pushed onto our farmers. This might sound extreme but there is a component in GM foods called Agro bacterium which has been shown to alter human DNA. You don't want to be eating that."Indeed. And there's more:
"There's another agenda to microchip the planet. With these chips inside our bodies they have the potential to manipulate us, emotionally, physically and mentally. It might sound like science fiction but that's what I and other people think the ultimate agenda is. It's got to be stopped."All this loony tune stuff comes hot on the heels of Jim claiming that he leans politically towards Sinn Fein, that he would consider standing for election, that 9/11 was an 'inside job' (yawn...) and that the evidence for the Twin Towers being brought down by controlled explosions has been destroyed by the former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
I actually feel slightly sorry for Jim Corr at the moment. He's been taking quite a bit of stick from all quarters as a result of him being stupid enough to reveal his wacky set of opinions. Not only did he let these views be known but he continues to defiantly stand over them. Let's not be too harsh on him though. In an age where the threat of global terrorism looms large, where rogue states threaten international peace and security and the potential of a nuclear showdown with Iran grows greater by the day, the views of the guitarist and keyboard player from a Dundalk pop band that hasn't had a hit now for several years should really be the least of our worries. Do I think the man adheres to some wicked and depraved anti-American ideology? I very much doubt it. For all his wealth and time spent trotting the globe Jim comes across as being nothing more than a daft, ill-informed clown who has perhaps stayed up a little bit too late at night checking out the latest gossip among the YouTube conspiracy geeks. On reading his comments my main feeling was one of embarrassment for the poor soul.
Before I leave you I thought it would be worth pointing out just one more of the Louth man's ill considered remarks. In his interview with the Sunday Tribune, Jim boasted of his republican leanings and voiced his anger at "six hundred years of tyranny under the British establishment." Fair enough. It's not an outlandish reading of history. I am pretty sure he isn't the first person from his hometown to utter such sentiments and he certainly will not be the last.
However, his broadside would have carried slightly more weight had it not been made by someone going by the name of Jim Corr MBE. Perhaps I am being a bit hypercritical here, but if you are going to condemn the "tyranny of the British establishment" why would you at the same time be so enthusiastic as to accept honorary titles from that same fraudulent institution that oppressed your country for so many centuries? In fact, check out his comments from the interview above once more and you can see that he clearly described Queen Elizabeth II, the woman who presented him with this title, as the "grand patroness of the World Freemasonry." Then again, old Jimbo doesn't appear to be the sharpest tool in the box. I suspect the irony of it all would be lost on him.
Take a holiday, Jim. You deserve it.