Tuesday 20 February 2018

Amid May's speech was the threat of a GAA-style schmozzle

Angela Merkel. Photo: Reuters
Angela Merkel. Photo: Reuters

Gerard O'Regan

To use a word beloved of sundry GAA commentators over the years, British Prime Minister Theresa May created a bit of a 'schmozzle' when she came out all guns blazing in her defining Brexit speech this week.

The dictionary tells us this is probably an old Hebrew word to describe 'chaos and confusion'. It has been often used to set the scene, as players give full vent to some pre-match jostling before a major hurling or football match. A discreet elbow to the ribcage is a good way to lay down a marker and test the mettle of the chap you will be marking in the battle to come.

And so it was with the British prime minister. Bedecked in a newly purchased £1,190 (€1,375) Vivienne Westwood ensemble, she was determined to create her very own chaos and confusion as she challenged all and sundry to just dare take her on in the biggest political gamble of our time.

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