Interesting note from Newton Emerson that should not go unobserved by all parties who advocate political unification of the island, and not just Sinn Fein…
How much future is there in playing crisis politics with an issue that may be barely noticeable at its worst, then solved long before it is useful? Adams could simply be putting us all through disruption that will not even serve his own ends.
The trick Sinn Féin is missing on Brexit and a united Ireland is comparing them as equally painless.
Scottish nationalists are stumbling towards this already, dismissing criticism of the SNP’s currency confusion by noting how much the pound has dropped since the EU referendum.
For the moment this has not risen above jeering that two wrongs make a right but there is a great point in there if the SNP can find the right words to make it – some gentler form of:
“Everyone in the UK got 20 per cent poorer in months and it hardly hurt a bit, so stop fretting about Scotland’s 10 per cent deficit.”
(There might be inflation to come, although all the other economic damage Brexit does helps to delay it – and travel abroad is noticeably more expensive, although that is only an occasional nuisance to the bulk of the population.)
It would be better for Irish republicans, looking back on Brexit 10 years from now, to say: “There was an economic shock and major constitutional change and it hardly hurt a bit, so stop fretting about a united Ireland.”
Less hysteria in the short term and a modicum of strategy for the longer term?
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