Saturday 29 April 2017

Bring in the Irish mammy to add steel to Brexit negotiations

'Is Brexit keeping you awake at night? No, me neither. But regardless of how little your interest in politics and national borders might be, there's no denying this topic will be one of the enduring issues of 2017.' (stock photo)
'Is Brexit keeping you awake at night? No, me neither. But regardless of how little your interest in politics and national borders might be, there's no denying this topic will be one of the enduring issues of 2017.' (stock photo)

John Daly

Is Brexit keeping you awake at night? No, me neither. But regardless of how little your interest in politics and national borders might be, there's no denying this topic will be one of the enduring issues of 2017. So if you're bored by it now, you ain't seen nothing yet.

During his recent major speech on the topic, the Taoiseach promised: "We are firmly focused on winning the argument and on getting the best deal for Ireland, and we will have to demonstrate toughness, patience and resilience." Well, that's all fine and good, sir, but you left out one key attribute - haggling.

It doesn't matter whether you're buying a 2006 Micra on DoneDeal, considering a slightly chipped enamel jug at the Blackrock Market, or playing geo-politics at the big table in Brussels - that age-old ability to barter and bargain will be key to Ireland's economic future. The problem is that most Irish men are lousy at it - and that goes double for our politicians, whose paltry attempts at horse trading with the Troika would have left a 10-year-old wincing with embarrassment.

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