This year, 2020, is the year of the sequel in Hollywood. Sequels though are generally never as good as the original. It is probably not the best comparison to make, but when I see tractors arriving in Dublin city centre for protests, they remind me of that adage about the sequel. In January 2003 when John Dillon was leader of the IFA, a nationwide convoy of tractors headed for Dublin for what was titled like a movie “The Tractorcade”.
It was carefully managed and commanded much TV, radio and print coverage, even before the hundreds of tractors arrived into the city. It was such a new tactic, such a big story that the RTÉ radio News on One decamped to Merrion Square for a rare outside broadcast.