The Scots (originally Irish, but by now Scotch) were at this time inhabiting Ireland, having driven the Irish (Picts) out of Scotland; while the Picts (originally Scots) were now Irish (living in brackets) and vice versa. It is essential to keep these distinctions clearly in mind (and verce visa).
Gladstone…spent his declining years trying to guess the answer to the Irish Question; unfortunately, whenever he was getting warm, the Irish secretly changed the Question[.]
- Chapter 57.
Of course its not so much the the Irish secretly changing the Question, but Westminster drfining the question in its own imperialistic and colonists terms.
“I didn’t understand things like when elections are fought for example in Northern Ireland – people who are nationalists don’t vote for unionist parties and vice-versa,” Mrs Bradley told House magazine, a weekly publication for the Houses of Parliament.“So, the parties fight for election within their own community.
“Actually, the unionist parties fight the elections against each other in unionist communities and nationalists in nationalist communities,” she added.
Such an admission of ignorance could possibly be seen as refreshing but as it comes at a time when the Irish Boarder comes to prominence during Brexit negotiations it begs the question Does the UK goverment really recognise that the Republic of Ireland is now an Independent country and not the equivalent of a child who has left the family home , where the matriarch believes he or she should still obey house rules and her influence?
Indeed as Britain walks out of the EU club one suspects they looked over their shoulder expecting Ireland to follow behind them.But Ireland didn’t and not only that has grown up and made many new friends who stand behind her as Mrs May thinks she can bully Ireland and are shocked to find that Taoiseach
Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has the audacity to regard himself as her equal, and
â€œThe UK has said they wonâ€™t do it,â€� Varadkar said iâ€œAnd Iâ€™ve made it very clear to other European prime ministers and presidents thatâ€™s something Ireland will never do.
â€œThere is a small possibility that we could end up with no deal in October, and therefore a hard Brexit next March,â€� he said, adding he was still â€œvery confidentâ€� of an accord in October,â€œBut in a â€˜no dealâ€™ scenario, at least until there is a deal – and sooner or later there will have to be a deal – we wonâ€™t be installing a hard border between the island of Ireland and everyone knows that,â€�
Varadkar raised the possibility that EU leaders could schedule extra meetings in September, October or November in an effort to seal an accord with Britain.
â€œBut youâ€™ll know that there are a number of different scenarios that could arise if weâ€™re in a â€˜no dealâ€™ situation. For example, it is possible to extend Article 50, to allow more time for negotiations to take place,â€� he said. â€œThere is the possibility of an interim deal, or a transition period, pending an outcome or final negotiations around the transition period.â€�
What ever your views over Brexit. it would be helpful if Westminster began regarding the Rpublic of Ireland in the same way , they would any other Independent nation and not as they clearly do of a former colony that they still believe they can somehow still control.