The Subsidy Junkies
The anti-Irish brigade is in full flight as the reality that the border issue is a serious one – with no clear resolution and possibly catastrophic consequences. It shows up mass political ignorance of Irish affairs, an almost total lack of historical awareness and has surfaced some pretty unpleasant dormant bigotry and notions of Anglo-British supremacy.
This goes from the top to the bottom starting with Laura Kuenssberg the BBC’s Political Editor “Brexit and the Irish border: Is all as it outwardly appears?”.
Laura Kuenssberg is supposed to be a serious journalist. In fact, in some respects she is the most powerful journalist in Britain.Yet here she is bleating some word conspiracy theory that the Irish government are just fabricating their concerns about the return of a hard order in Ireland:
“While there are genuine and sincerely held logistical and understandable concerns about what happens to the Irish border after Brexit, there is a sense building that perhaps the Irish government is playing those concerns rather harder than is justified.”
“Ponder whether the EU as a whole is over-egging their true level of worry about what happens to the border. The issue has in fact, so the theory goes, become the perfect “anti-UK” issue that can be waved around in the talks every now and then.”
Here’s the key line: “there is a sense building”.
This is incredible reporting for someone of her status and can only reflect the extent to which the media elite is being absorbed into the desperation of the Brexit madness.
Meanwhile over at the Daily Mail (Bella’s favourite newspaper) the anti-Oirish are in song: “Ireland ….what do you actually contribute to the EU … another peasant nation subsidised by British taxes…”.
But maybe my favourite is: “Let’s just pull the plug on Eire…and let it sink. Ungrateful bunch”.
HEY, IRELAND…! Daily Mail readers would like you to get your treacherous, Guiness-swilling, IRA-sympathising, peasant noses out of their utopian Brexit or they’ll put a minefield on your precious border, ban your products and force you back together with NI.
That cool? Cheers. pic.twitter.com/Z1MaxzvrzN
— The DM Reporter (@DMReporter) November 21, 2017
Indeed the notion of the “EU-IRA” is even being flaunted.
— Richie Sombrero 🌵 (@Richie_Sombrero) November 22, 2017
This is dangerous stuff – but reflects the mood of angry confused nationalism that is driving us over the cliff.
Wild conspiracy theory from the BBCs most senior journalist and barking bigotry from Daily Mail readers won’t matter a bit as our European neighbours look on in astonishment.
These attitude mirrors the conveyor belt of myths perpetuated against Scottish independence; subsidy junkies, Arc of Insolvency, Skintland etc etc, and it’s no surprise to see them wheeled out again against Ireland’s entirely legitimate issues about a hard border.
All of this is entirely consistent with the politics of Leave: blame foreigners, blame immigrants, blame Bureaucrats, blame anyone but take responsibility. The political narrative of false-grievance, exceptionalism and stoking resentment will however soon run its course.
The problem for Brexiteers and English xenophobes is that the Irish have been deeply embedded in European politics for a very long time, and whilst goodwill for the British is spent, Ireland has considerable allies who will support her.