I watched the shenanigans in the UK Parliament last night.
Talk about popcorn time!
I try to avoid Americanisms, but there is one that neatly encapsulates the whole affair – a clusterfuck. This is defined as “A chaotic situation where everything seems to go wrong. It is often caused by incompetence, communication failure, or a complex environment.” Indeed that is a neat description?
There is one thing that everyone seems to overlook. There is no solution to the problem. It is as simple as that.
It can be demonstrated with some simple algebra –
A = Ireland. B = Northern Ireland. C = Great Britain. D = the EU.
A = B, where A is tied to a borderless Northern Ireland under the Good Friday Agreement.
B = C, where Northern Ireland is tied to Great Britain as part of the UK.
A = D, where Ireland is tied to the EU by the Lisbon treaty.
Now solve the following equation –
A = B and B = C and A = D where C ≠ D
Can’t be done, unless A <> B [scrap the Good Friday Agreement and start a war in Northern Ireland], B<> C [make Northern Ireland part of the Republic and start another war in Northern Ireland] or A <> D [where Ireland leaves the EU].
I know which solution I would prefer.
In the meantime I shall just sit back and open another bag of popcorn.