I read a piece in the Irish Times yesterday.
It must be one of the most nauseating loads of crap I have seen in a long time.
Note the all inclusive “Ireland” as if this represents the opinion of every person in this country. In fact the entire piece is written with the royal “we” and in an extremely patronising and smug tone. He most definitely does not represent me or my views or indeed the views of many Irish.
In Ireland and Britain, we increasingly perceive reality in quite different ways. The reasons a majority in the UK voted to leave the EU are, paradoxically, the very same reasons that an overwhelming majority in Ireland want to stay. This is true of each of the six main arguments of the Brexiteers.
Here we go again with the royal “we”. He obviously knows the thought processes of every person on these islands.
An attachment to sovereignty was the first and major reason put forward for Brexit. We in Ireland, however, understand sovereignty in the 21st century as something to be judiciously shared rather than as a tribal token to be protected from the sunlight like Gollum’s ring in The Hobbit.
What the fuck? Sovereignty in the 21st century as something to be judiciously shared? Perhaps the writer would like to refer to the definition of Sovereignty? According to the dictionary, sovereignty is the power of a country to control its own government. By its very definition it cannot be shared. The very act of allowing another country to have a say is to lose sovereignty, but the little cunt obviously doesn’t understand this.
Funnily enough, we in Ireland, in common with our other EU partners, are opting to stay in the EU precisely because we want to have control over the issues that affect us.
What he is saying here is that we have a very small vote on the laws and diktats that are imposed on us. Leaving the EU would mean we have total control on all issues.
Fourth, many Brexiteers are driven by the idea that they are putting their country first. But so, of course, do we. The real issue is whether national interests are to be defined narrowly and pursued as if the aim is to be masters of our own little world; or whether, as we believe in Ireland, those interests should be defined broadly and pursued in the knowledge that the real world is necessarily one of interdependence, compromise and shared interests.
The royal we is going into overdrive here. What the fuck is wrong with being the masters of “our own little world”? How many lives were lost a hundred years ago simply to gain independence and to be our own masters?
Fifth, the most emotive argument for some, though not all, Brexiteers has been about keeping foreigners out. In Ireland, we support the principle of free movement of people and welcome the “new Irish” who are building up our economy, enriching our culture and making us proud to be Europeans.
By my understanding the majority do not want to keep foreigners out of the UK. What they want is simply to have a say as to who comes in. I think that is perfectly fair and reasonable. I have absolute control over who enters my house. Why should I pass that control over to someone who demands that I let anyone and everyone in to raid my fridge? And how can a culture be “enriched” by diluting it with others?
I am a European. That is a fact of geography and there is little I can do about it apart from moving to another continent. However he can definitely leave me out of his “proud to be Europeans” shit.
So who exactly is the obsequious author of this arse dribble?
Bobby McDonagh is a former Irish ambassador to the EU, Britain and Italy
That explains a lot. A nice fat little pension from the EU no doubt? To think that this wanker represented Ireland!