Perhaps the Irish kept changing the question because the British weren’t listening?

At Conservative Home, Dan Hannan nails something crucial, I think, in how the British mishandled Ireland throughout the century which followed the Act of Union…

It is hard to read the history of Britain and Ireland without wanting to weep at the missed opportunities. For more than a century, Westminster had played catch-up in its Irish policy, always addressing a previous problem. By the time religious equality was proclaimed in 1829 (something Pitt intended as a parallel to the 1801 Act of Union) the argument had moved on to land reform. By the time the government began to address landlords’ abuses, the argument had moved on to Home Rule. By the time Home Rule finally got through Parliament, the argument had moved onto independence.

Always just a thirty-year step behind.

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  • John Collins

    They did still lose over half their population, like did in the last eighty years of GB Rule.

  • John Collins

    Old age Pensioners in NOI would be delighted with you. They get almost £60 a week less than their counterparts across the border.