Thursday 30 March 2017

I gasped at the bad timing of Kenny's ill-judged musings about a border poll

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Why poison the well of goodwill needed with unionists and the British government by bringing up a border poll? Picture: Clodagh Kilcoyne
Taoiseach Enda Kenny: Why poison the well of goodwill needed with unionists and the British government by bringing up a border poll? Picture: Clodagh Kilcoyne
Liz O'Donnell

Liz O'Donnell

Finally a degree of normality has descended on the UK. While the Labour party remains in chaos, there is at least a functioning government in place. With Theresa May as prime minister, there is relief that a grown-up is in charge after the bedlam of the last few weeks in UK politics.

Her first meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel was upbeat, sensible and devoid of hyperbole. These are two pragmatic operational politicians, clear-thinking and competent. People have had their fill of egocentric celebrity politicians at this stage and Europe needs resolute leadership.

Right across Europe, disillusioned voters are flocking to anti-establishment far-right politics. There are now over 100 Eurosceptic far-right MEPs. Freedom and self-determination is their mantra. These groups celebrated the Brexit outcome as a victory for the far-right. Emboldened by the Leave vote, they view Nigel Farage as an inspiration. Despite resigning as Ukip leader, there are suggestions that Farage will work with other movements campaigning for Leave referendums in their own country.

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