Wednesday 24 May 2017

Be very careful what you wish for

British PM Theresa May with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Gerry Mooney
British PM Theresa May with Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Editorial

Editorial

It is admirable to try to turn a crisis into an opportunity. But that is not the same as seeking to use someone else's misfortune to your own advantage.

Brexit is Britain's misfortune right now, no matter what way Theresa May's government spins it, and it has given rise once again to the idea that a United Ireland might be imminent. It is no surprise that Gerry Adams is pushing a border poll - he would like to crown his political career with this achievement before he retires. But Enda Kenny, the leader of Fine Gael (the United Ireland Party), and Micheal Martin, the leader of Fianna Fail (the Republican Party), seem to be doing no more than trying to ensure they are not outflanked by Sinn Fein.

Over the years there have been polls carried out in the Republic to establish the attachment of the people to the idea of a United Ireland and invariably a majority are in favour. But they quickly change their minds when asked if they are willing to see their taxes raised to pay for this dream.

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