Ruth Dudley Edwards: It's not just their national interest, the English care about Ireland
Recent events have shown the enormous affection the English have for the Irish, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards
Published 28/11/2010 | 05:00
AS Ireland's economic troubles forced themselves up the British news agenda, I was interviewed on ITV and the BBC. "How are the Irish feeling?" asked the interviewers, and I duly did my best to come up with a raft of suitable adjectives to describe the state of mind of my countrymen: angry, humiliated, bemused, shocked, ashamed, desperate being some of the first.
But what struck me was how concerned were the interviewers and their researchers. They all oozed genuine sympathy at what they were seeing as a brave little nation being bullied by the big, mechanistic entities of the EU, the ECB and the IMF.
The thing is, they mean it.