53 thoughts on “De Wednesday Papers

      1. Spaghetti Hoop

        You’re all outta tricks, Brits.
        The empire is dead, Fred
        Cos Britain aint great, mate
        Just set yourself free.

    1. Deluded

      If I am to understand May’s speach then they are banking on the Commonwealth… Britain is in a far different place than it was in the late 60s/1970s.
      Is it possible we could see a resurgence in trade without pesky EU oversight? Maybe they have even identified areas where they can now enjoy a competitive advantage, I’m thinking of the trade in asbestos, for example, as even trading in it anywhere is banned for EU members (http://www.preventcancernow.ca/canada-at-heart-of-global-asbestos-lobby) but there may be many opportunities to exploit given a new ethical latitude.

      1. Kieran Nice Young Chap

        “If I am to understand May’s speach then they are banking on the Commonwealth… Britain is in a far different place than it was in the late 60s/1970s.”

        Trouble is, the Brexiteers hate Johnny Foreigner and the ‘darkies’, so don’t want the reality of relying on the Commonwealth either.

  1. ReproBertie

    It’s slipped under the radar a little with all the talk of hard borders and NI being hit by Brexit but if Norn Iron was to vote for their own Brexit and unite with the Republic then they would automatically return to the bosom of the EU with all that that entails.

    1. Kolmo

      Is it not the glitter-covered elephant in the room? I don’t hear much in the media about an all-Ireland solution to brexit, no border is permanent, they come and go as European history shows us, there’ll be a few years of readjustment but I see more positives than negatives in an all-island situation

      1. ahjayzis

        Like 32-county government coalitions permanently including the ‘kingmaker’ DUP on their guaranteed 20% of the vote. Woo. Women, gays, foreigners, rejoice!

        1. Deluded

          Hi ahjayzis- what’s the deal with The Express dementia thing- is it a joke or a scam or what? (I thought you had posted something on it before)

          1. ahjayzis

            The paper is a joke/scam.

            It’s front page is literally, and I mean literally, ALWAYS either eurohatred, or miracle studies around dementia and diabetes. If it sold half as much as the Dail Mail it’d be just as evil but five times as stupid.

          2. Deluded

            Cool, thanks… similar to The Mail so, misrepresenting science with exaggerated claims from partial studies of complex diseases.
            (“Boffins” and “experts” seemingly contradicting each other)

          3. Listrade

            It’s a clue to the age profile of Express readers. If not dementia, then back pain or cancer either this is a cure or this is causing it. Even better if you can think of a way to link one to Diana.

        2. Kolmo

          The ‘less-well traveled’ opinions in the DUP and others will be diluted to a mere regional anomaly once the process of normalisation of the island gets going, a few years of acclimatising and accepting their neighbours as actual humans and we’ll all be laughing at how things were..(in my mind)

          1. ahjayzis

            I’d like to think so but the ten years of SF/DUP headcount elections doesn’t inspire confidence that things can thaw.

            Then there’s getting consent south of border when any proposed unification would involve a second republic, or possibly a constitutional monarchy if we’re to appeal to unionists. The flag will have to go, probably the anthem. The 12th made a national holiday. The only way to get unionists on board is really to make them believe the nationalists are losing out too. There’s no possibility whatever of the north just being folded into the existing republic. I don’t think people really consider that.

          2. Deluded

            Agreed, ahjayzis.
            Stepping on toes here but would a seperate statelet not be the ideal solution?

          3. ReproBertie

            I think a couple of years in the wilderness of post Brexit Britain might soften a few stances. In the build up to triggering Article 50 Teresa May took a trip to Wales and Scotland to preach unity. She didn’t bother coming to NI. The hard border and the financial impact on both sides will impact on opinions. Simple economics often outweigh ideology. Remember during one of the cattle illness outbreaks in Britain the Unionist farmers of Northern Ireland proudly declared that while they were British their beef was Irish.

            Also, speaking as a republican I have no issue with the 12th of July being a national holiday. Irish history is Irish history. We don’t get to pick and choose which bits we recognise.

          4. ReproBertie

            A separate statelet would find themselves in a similar situation to an independent Scotland with regards to applying for EU membership. As part of a united Ireland there’s no application process to go through.

          5. Deluded

            That’s true ReproBertie, but the unionists largely favoured Brexit I thought… they would need a lot of rebranding and repositioning to accede to the Republic!

  2. mildred st. meadowlark

    Is it just me or does Niall Horgan look a touch like everyone’s favourite lesbian Ellen de Generes?

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      I must start wearing a tux: I kind of have a Niall Horan/Trump hairdo going on too.
      You know, on the days I want to look a bit like Ellen.

      1. mildred st. meadowlark

        Quite right Hoop.

        ‘everyone’s favourite animated blue fish’…

        Doesn’t have the same ring though, does it?

    1. mildred st. meadowlark

      I’d be devastated if they dropped the Express. It’s my favourite for all the crazy headlines.

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