HEY, IRELAND…! Daily Mail readers would like you to get your treacherous, Guiness-swilling, IRA-sympathising, peasant noses out of their utopian Brexit or they’ll put a minefield on your precious border, ban your products and force you back together with NI.
That cool? Cheers. pic.twitter.com/Z1MaxzvrzN
— The DM Reporter (@DMReporter) November 21, 2017
From top: Yesterday’s London Evening Standard; tweet from spoof Daily Mail account
These attitude mirrors the conveyor belt of myths perpetuated against Scottish independence; subsidy junkies, Arc of Insolvency, Skintland etc etc, and it’s no surprise to see them wheeled out again against Ireland’s entirely legitimate issues about a hard border.
All of this is entirely consistent with the politics of Leave: blame foreigners, blame immigrants, blame Bureaucrats, blame anyone but take responsibility. The political narrative of false-grievance, exceptionalism and stoking resentment will however soon run its course.
The problem for Brexiteers and English xenophobes is that the Irish have been deeply embedded in European politics for a very long time, and whilst goodwill for the British is spent, Ireland has considerable allies who will support her.