Wednesday 22 November 2017

When you've been top dog so long, equality means losing out

After a decade of European recession, security threats and unprecedented migration, it is perhaps inevitable a sizeable number of people have grown more sceptical about the value of the European project
After a decade of European recession, security threats and unprecedented migration, it is perhaps inevitable a sizeable number of people have grown more sceptical about the value of the European project
Liz O'Donnell

Liz O'Donnell

The Brexit referendum campaign has given us all a comprehensive insight into the British psyche and polity. Those wonderful unscripted vox pops with ordinary voters on the TV are miles more instructive than all the talking heads and political experts digesting the polls and interrogating the conflicting predictions.

Because we Irish have ‘skin in the game’ and a strategic national interest in the outcome, the Brexit campaign has dominated our news and media. Not only that, our ministers have been campaigning to get the Irish in Britain to support the ‘Remain’ side.

It was worth doing, and given the close margins the Irish vote is influential. But some of my contacts in London were exasperated to report a significant ‘Leave’ vote among the Irish. A measure, perhaps, that they are so integrated they are thinking like British people.

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