Is it not laughable that the twenty six counties of Ireland, once driven by a separatist nationalism to separate from the United Kingdom, and now calling itself Ireland, expresses fear of the economic and other possible consequences for Ireland, and for travel between these Britannic islands, as a resultant of the United Kingdom’s prospective separation from the European Union, a separation driven as was Ireland’s by an equally separatist nationalism, albeit this time English?
And that English nationalism, I suspect, has grown through becoming fed up seeing the toadying up to all the other nationalisms that has been going on for some time on the part of Westminster and Whitehall.
Is it not equally laughable, despite Ireland’s (or the Republic of Ireland’s) worries that no such worries about the possible consequences disturbs the Chair of the NI Lib Dems (Letters, June 28)?
Similarly, even on the matter of the common travel area, Ian Paisley Junior, MP, is undisturbed, in addition to smugly ignoring the fact that the majority in Northern Ireland (like in Gibraltar) voted to remain EU (Letters, June 28). Northern Ireland is a unit when it fits in with his thinking but not so when it does not – and in this case it does not.
And so the political circus goes on with Martina Anderson MEP, amongst the latest, not smugly but hysterically ranting away in the European Parliament debate (June 28) asking the European Parliament to remember Northern Ireland voted to remain and, therefore, it should protect it from “Britain” .
Never mind the economic and social worries of Ireland or the Republic of Ireland. All that is excluded by the mind set. It is to Europe she appeals, not Dublin.
Then further this outpourings of her stream of consciousness is diverted and she goes on to berate the EU Commission and the European Council for their “anti-democratic practices and anti-social policies”, a point the English were making.
W A Miller, Belfast BT13