43% of Sinn Fein voters want to return to Sterling standard…

Mark Reckless is Tory MP for Rochester and Strood. He’s also the grandson of one Henry McDevitt, who briefly sat as a Fianna Fail TD for the now defunct Donegal East constituency. It seems Mr Reckless has taken it upon himself to commission a Red C poll on the question of whether the good folk of the Irish Republic would like to return to the calmer waters of the sterling zone. (H/T Gawain)

He has hosted the detailed report on his own blog site, and it contains some very interesting figures. 34% of the total say yes, let’s go back to a newly re-established Sterling Zone. But more interestingly (and this bears out something one of our readers – alias – has been floating over the last few weeks) some 43% of SINN FEIN voters want out of the Euro and back into Sterling.

Which, quite apart from anything deeper, suggests that Sinn Fein’s rise has been in part about their appeal to a rising indigenous Irish Euroscepticism, which views clubbing with the old enemy as distinctly more appetising than slumming it with Berlin…

His Grace will no doubt be delighted…

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